MISSION: To improve & impact the quality of life for children with special needs, at-risk youth, families within our communities.
MISSION: To improve & impact the quality of life for children with special needs, at-risk youth, families within our communities.

Programs & Services

We have expanded our services to meet the needs of the many individuals and families that often seek support from us. 

ARISE & IMPACT/STAR=Striving to Achieve Results

 

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. 

  • No Bullying!!

           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.  

 

 

 

 

FAMILY/HOUSING/:

 

My Father, My Mother and Me (FMM),est 2010, provides unique opportunities for successful family reunification after estrangement due to foster care or incarceration.  We achieve family preservation by intervening and interacting with families who are on the verge of estrangement.  We also provide provide financial planning and money management programs and pre-reunification activies for families.

 

A Home of Our Own Initiative & House of Joy

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.  

 

Testimonials.....

"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 in the U.S. 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 homes.

Read more : http://www.ehow.com/about_4586365_foster-care-homelessness.html

 

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.

Many foster youths become homeless because they have no resources and no place to live. Others end up homeless because of the specific problems they had growing up. Factors such as physical and sexual abuse in their biological home, substance abuse, frequent moves and homelessness with one's own parents as a young child increase the risk that these young adults may once again end up on the streets. Thirty percent of homeless adults in the U.S. 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 homes.

Read more : http://www.ehow.com/about_4586365_foster-care-homelessness.html
Many foster youths become homeless because they have no resources and no place to live. Others end up homeless because of the specific problems they had growing up. Factors such as physical and sexual abuse in their biological home, substance abuse, frequent moves and homelessness with one's own parents as a young child increase the risk that these young adults may once again end up on the streets. Thirty percent of homeless adults in the U.S. 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 homes.

Read more : http://www.ehow.com/about_4586365_foster-care-homelessness.html
Many foster youths become homeless because they have no resources and no place to live. Others end up homeless because of the specific problems they had growing up. Factors such as physical and sexual abuse in their biological home, substance abuse, frequent moves and homelessness with one's own parents as a young child increase the risk that these young adults may once again end up on the streets. Thirty percent of homeless adults in the U.S. 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 homes.

Read more : http://www.ehow.com/about_4586365_foster-care-homelessness.html

 

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).   

 

  • Teen dads are less likely to finish high school than their peers
  • Teen fathers face a lack of teen parent programs to help them
  • Children who dont live with their fathers are 5 times more likely to be poverty-strcken than children with both parents at home
  • Teen fathers are more likely to have economic and empolyment challenges and are more often economically disaadvantage tan adult fathers 
  • Despite the stereotypes, there is increasing evidence that teen fathers want to be (and are) involved with their children, though this invlovlement may not always include financial support

(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. 

Cultural Arts

 

You Can Dance Too

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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" vocational skills/volunteer program. (List Is CLOSED)

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 info@justforusfoundation.org

 

I am participant of "We can work too"
I am also a participant of the "We can work too!" Program

Youth Mental Health First Aid Instruction

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 counseling.

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.

Mobile Homeless Outreach

The torch of the Around Midnite Homeless Outreach was passed to the Just 4 Us Foundation by The House of Sharon.  For over 11 years The House of Sharon went out tirelessly every week and sometimes without a team and in all weather conditions.  Thanks to the House of Sharons' nonstop diligence and tenacity to see lives changed, she throughly guided our volunteers on what to expect, places to go and how to gain rapport through consistency.  Because of thorough training, the Just 4 Us Foundation and other local organizations, have partnered up to provided help to the homeless within the Greater Washington DC area.


This is acheived by going out several times a month to various homeless embankments, parks and areas throughout the city and distribute hygiene kits, blankets, clothing, sandwiches snacks, water, hot chocolate, as well as referrals for various services (mental health, substance abuse, employment, etc.).  We also gather data on the homeless population.
 

Would you like to give to the Around Midnite Mobile Homeless Outreach Program? Here's a wish list:

  • T-Shirts (all sizes for children as well)

  • Socks

  • Underwear

  • Hats

  • Gloves for winter

  • 1 gallon freezer bags (ziplock)

  • sandwhich bags (zip lock)

  • Potato chips (You can get boxes of 32 from the grocery store for less than $10.00)

  • Snack food/lunch box items

  • Drinks (juice and water)

  • Containers for hot soup, cups with lids for hot cocoa (for winter)

  • Back packs

  • Sleeping bags

  • Bar soaps, deoderants, lotions, vaseline, toothbrushes, toothpaste

  • Money

Where to Find Us:

Just 4 Us Foundation
7717 Greenleaf Rd

Hyattsville, MD 20785

 

Satellite Locations

 

721 48th St. NE (ste.B & Annex )

Washington, DC 20019

 

Philadelphia, PA

 

Charlotte, NC

 

OHIO (coming soon)

 

Telephone Numbers

 Maryland Office: 301 779 5437

Fax Number 301-576-5136

DC Office 202-455-4371

Pennsylvania & North Carolina: 267-482-0553

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