The applicant must independently request, complete, and return an application. The Program Coordinator will review the application and set up an interview with the applicant, which may be conducted by telephone if transportation to New Braunfels is unavailable.
After all available information is gathered, a decision will be made. If it appears that this program is appropriate for the applicant’s needs, then she/he will be admitted into the assessment phase of the program. If this program does not effectively meet the needs of the applicant, referral information will be provided.
Connections operates two emergency shelters for youth ages 5-17 who are in crisis and need a safe place to stay. The program accepts youth referred due to runaway behaviors, family conflict, abuse and neglect, or homelessness; this includes youth who are part of the state’s foster care system who have recently been removed from home due to abuse or neglect as well as those being relocated from a different placement. In addition to meals and short-term housing, the shelters offer:
The Transitional Living Program (TLP) houses youth ages 15 to 21 and is designed to better prepare them for productive independent living. Residential staff and counselors provide guidance in the areas of goal setting, financial planning, educational coaching, and employment assistance. Admission is voluntary and based upon need.
• Between the ages of 15 and 21 (youth ages 15 to 17 should be emancipated or in the state foster care system; exceptions can be made for 17-year-olds who are not emancipated.)
• Enrolled in high school, a GED course, vocational program, college, university, or technical school.
• Seeking, obtaining, or continuing employment.
• Willing to participate in a programs on education, vocational training, employment, and volunteer outreach.
• Capable of acquiring the skills and resources necessary to become economically self-sufficient.
• Able to live cooperatively and responsibly with other residents in the program.
• Have a history of self-harm or abusive behaviors. (for at least 60 days prior to admission)
• Be chemically dependent. (unless applicant has been in recovery for at least of three months and is involved in a program to maintain sobriety)
• Have a history of fire setting or sexual offender incidents.