Welcome! Thank you for your interest in participating in SHIP of Frederick County’s THRIVE! Host Home Network. The program and the people behind it have a deep commitment to our communities, our youth and social change – not just through the sharing of resources, but through a transformative and intimate process of sharing our home and our lives. We are thrilled to invite you into this partnership.
We know from research that homeless youth are best served when they are able to remain in their communities where they are comfortable, have friends, attend school, and go to work. For this reason, the goal of the program is to recruit, screen, and provide support to volunteers in Frederick County who are willing to open their homes to young people ages 16 through 22 who are experiencing homelessness or housing instability.
Being a host is a powerful and unique experience, and far from being easy. The commitment you are willing to make in order to be a host volunteer is an intense one, as is that of a youth who is moving into a host home. In turn, it will hopefully prove to be a gratifying and empowering experience for all.
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