We have expanded our services to meet the needs of the many individuals and families that often seek support from us.
Bringing about a positive cultural change by offering specialized programs for at-risk youth. This Youth Development Program deals with life skills, promotion of self-worth, curfew violation counseling, mentoring, conflict resolution, gang prevention, crisis intervention, dropout prevention, financial literacy and employment services. We implement the ARISE evidence-based life skills curriculum. JFUF believes that "A New Way of Thinking Can Create A New Way of Living."
Gang Violence Prevention Programs -JFUF utilizes various approaches to violence prevention that looks past exposure to trauma as the main driver of future dangerous behaviors. Our approach to violence prevention is designed to reduce the negative cycles of harm and work towards reducing adverse childhood experiences, building community protective factors, and strengthening human resiliency. Within the past 4 years, JFUF has provided supportive mentor-ship services to over 200 children and youth.
JFUF meet regularly with children, youth, seniors, and caregivers, and incorporate ways to end bullying.
It’s Ok to Tell” for children ages 5-10, during these interactive workshops, children create stories that tell about bullying. It is through these workshops that JFUF can identify youth who were being bullied and provided necessary resources and prevention.
This affordable housing program is designed for low to moderate income people, and persons with disabilities, (veterans included). Many participants have dismissed the idea of home owership because of their past or current circumstances. This initiative restores lost dreams by offering a wide array of services and support along with housing. JFUF has a working relationship with lenders, credit counselors, housing counselors and home-owners who have readily accepted the invitation to support a family and help to change a life. To date over 16 families have received housing assistance and/or homeownership. NOTE: JFUF DOES NOT Provide Financial Assistance.
"I came to the Just 4 Us Foundation to seek assistance for my troubled daughter. I was 2 years into a recovery program from drugs and alcohol and we were living in the basement of a friend home. It was often an inconvenience due to the frequent visits of their large family. Although happy to be reunited with me, my daughter had become extremely defiant. She began to blame me for every mishap in our lives. She hated living where we were living at and she started acting out in ways that I care not to share. Staff at the Just 4 Us Foundation, developed a plan for not only my daughter but for me. I never thought I could be in my own place, especially with my poor credit history. I was linked to a financial counselor and a private property owner. Fast forward, we have a 1 bedroom and a den. My daughter no longer acts out. She's soon to be a senior in high school and on the honor roll. Not only are we in our own place but we are on our way to recovery as a family." J. Thompson, Washington, DC
"I thought that because I didn't have a disability, the Just 4 Us Foundation couldn't help me. That was far from the truth. I had overlooked the rest of the mission statement. I recently moved to OH from PA due to gang affiliation involving my 16-year-old son. We brought him up pretty good and kept a positive home environment for him. However, my wife had him at a late age, and because of that, our son felt as if we couldn't protect him. Afraid and nowhere to turn, we contacted the Just 4 Us Foundation. It took a few days before they could meet with us because Ms. Harris drove to Philadelphia to do an in-person intake. After two months, Ms. Harris called me full of excitement. She had linked up with partner in Ohio who was willing to give my family a chance. That was 3 years ago. Moving saved my family and my sons' life. He is now a productive member of society, and spending his spare time as a mentor and supporting gang prevention programs. "
R. Lancaster, Toledo, OH
House of Joy
About 50,000 youth in the U.S. sleep on the street for six months or more. Homeless youth face unique developmental challenges and vulnerability. (National Alliance to End Homelessness)
Thirty percent of homeless adults are previous foster children. Homeless adults who were once foster children are nearly two times more likely to have their own children removed and placed in foster care.
We find that although the youth are aging out of foster care, they are crippled with fear and uncertainty of many things and Housing after Foster care is a #1 issue. Youth residing at the House of Joy will stay for a minimum of six months and a maximum of fourteen months. The House of Joy Peer Planners (former homeless individual/former foster children) will assist the youth with the steps and resources to take. In doing so, youth receive skills needed to become independent and productive members of society. Youth in transition will gain a glimmer of hope and can begin to experience the joy of living.
Restoration will allow our participants to..... Love life, Enjoy life, and Live Life again.
DEDICATED FATHER MENTORING MOVEMENT
Actor, Hip Hop Artist and Anti-Bullying Activist, Tray Chaney has partnered with JFUF, once again to implement the Dedicated Father Series. The mission of this movement is to encourage, uplift and empower young fathers to play an active role the lives of their child(ren).
(Sources: Teen Fatherhood and Educational Attainment;Unique Needs of Young Fathers-Teen Health Network; Lerman, Rober and Ooms, Theodora, Young Unwed Fathers'; Gavin, L et al 2002, Young disadvantaged fathers...)
Teen fathers enter this program voluntarily and are paired with a "Dedicated Father Mentor" who will assist him with job searches, financial planning, accountability, and resources needed to become self-sufficient. Young fathers will be acknowleged for their dedication to their children and the program.
You Can Dance Too
This Adaptive and Wheelchair Dance program teaches basic dance styles. This exciting program provides a wealth of outcomes: stress reduction, improved muscle tone, maintain weight, increase self esteem and reduces social isolation.
You Can Sing Too: Voice lessons that help with breathing and build self-confidence for persons with disabilities, youth in disadvantaged neighborhoods and help to eliminate fears of performing in front of an audience.
ABC-123 Creative learning and movement for children with special needs ages 3-7, they will learn letter, color, and number recognition through song and dance.
You Can Play Too: participants learn to play instruments, as well as, learn to play together
Sign Dance: Participants learn to use sign language to perform songs.
You Can Read Too: Literacy programs for children, youth, and adults. This program assists with basic and advance reading, letter and word recognition and comprehension. Just 4 Us utilizes many avenues to bring words to life for participants.
On the Right Track: Career Preparedness Program. Our Beneficiaries train for more than a job; they train for careers.
Write About Now: Creative Writing Program. Participant express their thoughts and views on paper to be included in a book. Upon completion of the program, particpants showcase their works with a book signing event. This program enhances team building skills, self-esteem, and awareness and introduction to entrepreneurship
We Can Work Too is a program that allows high functioning certificate bound and diploma bound young adults in transition and adults with vocational skills, employment training, supportive employment, job coaching and more. We believe that all students should be given an opportunity to do more that sweep, and pick up trash. We Can Work Too was lauched through the efforts of persistent staff at Forbush School PG Cty. The program grew rapidly and there were more students, less volunteers, and fundings for supplies and space rental. We are no longer accepting new students at this time. Keep checking back on our website or emailing us for openings at firstname.lastname@example.org
This 8 hour Public Education training is for all persons who deal with youth in any capacity. It introduces participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health
problems in adolescents. Youth Mental Health First Aid affords the public (community organizations, family, youth serving agencies, etc.) an opportunity to better understand what mental health is,
what some of the common diagnosis are, and how to respond to youth who might be experiencing a crisis. It also reduces the misconception many people have about mental health. Participants will
be given the skills to handle crisis in a way that feels non judgmental, safe, and inspires hope for the youth. Youth Mental Health First Aiders DO NOT DIAGNOSE nor provide therapy or
Our certified Youth Mental Health First Aid instructors can provide on-site training. Please contact us for group rate information. A Youth Mental Health First Aid Guide and certificate of training is included with rate.
Just 4 Us Foundation
7717 Greenleaf Rd
Hyattsville, MD 20785
721 48th St. NE (ste.B & Annex )
Washington, DC 20019
OHIO (coming soon)
Maryland Office: 301 779 5437
Fax Number 301-576-5136
DC Office 202-455-4371
Pennsylvania & North Carolina: 267-482-0553