ARC’s transitional housing program (“THPs”) Magnolia THP, which opened its doors in January 2017, serves residents that are Transitional Aged Youth (“TAY” or “emerging adults”) ages 18 to 25. ARC has worked with, and has provided housing to, young men returning from the Division of Juvenile Justice (“DJJ”) for over seven years. The purpose of the Magnolia Transitional Housing Program is to empower formerly incarcerated youth on their journey to self-discovery by providing a safe and welcoming home, life skills, counseling, employment, career, and academic resources, and opportunities to cultivate independence, integrity, and self-worth using trauma informed, peer, and strengths-based approaches. ARC works with and accepts residential applicants and placements with a wide range of commitment offenses. The program is located within a three-story, private residential building in Koreatown, with capacity to serve 22 TAY residents
Upon entering the Magnolia, each resident is connected to an on-site Case Manager (“Life Coach”) to develop a reentry plan tailored to their specific reentry needs and circumstances. All Case Managers are formerly incarcerated or system impacted individuals who have first-hand experience of the reentry process and can, therefore, provide unique and authentic guidance and support. Case Managers work with residents to create an initial 30-day plan to establish structure and stability as residents work toward long-term success. In addition to 30-day plans, Case Managers assist residents in developing longer-term individual service plans based on their personal goals. Individual service plans are reevaluated and updated every 90 days for the duration of the resident’s time in the program. Weekly check-in meetings with the residents provide the opportunity for Case Managers to measure progress towards goals and address any challenges.
During the first month of residence, Case Managers meet at least twice per week with residents in their caseload and assist them with immediate reentry needs, such as obtaining documentation to pursue school and employment, scheduling counseling appointments, and procuring professional clothing. Upon admission to housing, residents also receive a “welcome home” package with personal hygiene supplies, linens, towels, and other essentials. Many of our members experience PTSD and Post Incarceration Syndrome as a result of justice-system involvement. General anxiety and depression are also conditions that some members frequently experience, so Magnolia THP offers 1:1 individual therapy and clinical services for residents with a full-time therapist on-site. Therapeutic services help many members who experience mild mental health issues address their needs in a trauma-informed and easily accessible environment. ARC also partners with St. John’s Well Child Center to provide other treatments and linkages to medical care for those needing a psychiatric diagnosis and or additional care.