Waking the Village provides housing, youth development programs, and support so that Sacramento County’s homeless youth and children,can get busy living rather than surviving.
In our housing programs, youth and young parents experience a holistic program centered on youth development, the strengthening of physical and mental health, educational attainment, career development, and financial management so that so that they leave prepared to be leaders in their own lives and leaders in the lives of their children and community. Children experience stability and blossom in a nurturing home with an on site child development program. In exchange for housing and support, residents develop leadership and spearheading projects to build up their neighbor-hoods, schools, and natural spaces, reconnecting to their communities as leaders.
Waking the Village serves 28 households. Upon joining, each resident creates an action plan to achieve personal health, mental wellness, and self-sufficiency. From 9 to 4 each day, residents pursue their goals with the support of on-site staff. The plan includes proactive attention to health, high school completion, college attendance, activities to improve mental health, involved parenting, employment, saving money and clearing debt, and securing permanent housing. Residents grow as parents working with directors in the child development co-op to nurture optimal development for each child.