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Rising Tide Communities
Rising Tide is a transitional housing program for emancipated foster youth who are at least 18 years of age. The purpose of the program is to provide motivated young people with affordable housing and supportive services to help them make a successful transition to independence.
Foster children leave the protected environment of the foster care system on their 18th birthdays. At that point they are on their own to make a life for themselves in the best possible way. Without a caring family, resources, training, or experience to support them, most of these young adults find themselves alone - nearly half will find themselves homeless.
In 1999 Orangewood Children's Foundation partnered with a group of concerned business leaders to implement the innovative Rising Tide Communities. Rising Tide is a holistic program that provides a complete range of independent living services and it has become a model for nationwide replication. The Rising Tide partnership has two residential apartment complexes for this program, Flanders Pointe in Tustin and Orange Tree in Garden Grove. A number of apartments in each complex are set aside from the general public for use by the youth.
In 2012 YWCA Central Orange County, recognizing our expertise in transitional housing for former foster youth, approached Orangewood to take over operations and ownership of the First Steps at Beverly’s House program. Now part of Rising Tide, Beverly’s House serves young women transitioning from the foster care system to independent adulthood at the age of 18 in a fully furnished home in the city of Orange.
Rising Tide residents:
Pay reduced rent
Experience an independent living environment with continued
support from Rising Tide’s staff and volunteers
Have access to computers
Have the ability to become financially stable and save money
Have the ability to find and maintain a job
Have the opportunity to develop and pursue educational goals
Meet with staff on a weekly basis to monitor progress following
a budget and saving money
Here for an application, or for more information call 714-619-0239.