At CHNJ, through our transitional living programs we provide customized care. That care addresses the specific needs of each of our youth and is key to providing them the skills to transition them to independent living.
Our program where 18 - 21 year old pregnant women and mothers can live for up to 18 months.
Our 18 month program for eligible youth who have made their mental health and wellness their priority.
Dove Learning Center
The Dove Learning Centers (DLC), located within our programs, focus on strengthening skills in 5 areas: Education, Employment, Financial Literacy, Wellness and Social Navigation.
Knowing that everyone learns differently, we offer learning opportunities through traditional classroom settings as well as through technology, small groups and hands-on learning in fun and engaging ways. We believe building strong, supportive relationships with our youth is transformative. Offering choice in selecting their programmatic priorities and challenging them to reach their goals, helps contribute to success in the future and has a lasting impact. We coach our young people to develop skills that will help them navigate challenges and support them to thrive in their future housing opportunities.
Strengthen communication and conflict resolution skills needed in professional interactions and other formal relationships (e.g. landlord-tenant), through improved self-awareness and emotional regulation.
Provide opportunities to exercise, improve eating habits, learn mindfulness and meditation skills, connect with spirituality, and contribute to the community by giving back to others in need.
Support youth to achieve their own educational goals, beginning with an emphasis on attaining basic cognitive skills and credentials.
At CHNJ, the mental, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing of our young people is important to us, and we believe comprehensive mental health care should be easy to access and individualized. Our sites have licensed mental health clinicians who, upon intake, can work with youth to determine how to achieve their mental health goals. Our young people have the option to continue to meet with our licensed clinicians, utilize the services of our consulting psychiatric APN to access psychiatric medications, or we can support youth in navigating accessing community based mental health services. Additionally, our Dove Learning Center offers skill-building groups that focus on emotional wellness.
The Youth Advocacy Center at The Cov was formed because we knew that young people were coming to us with legal issues that hampered their plans for success. When youth experience homelessness, they typically have no support in navigating through the legal system, no address for the courts to contact them, and no one to advise them about how to proceed. Most charges can be dropped or negotiated to penalties with the support of a caring adult or licensed attorney. Our attorneys support young people with advice and direct legal representation for disorderly persons offense, also known as misdemeanors, and housing matters. They also act as liaisons to assigned attorneys when youth have cases in Superior Court, Family Court, or Immigration Court. Our mission is to make sure that a minor infraction does not keep a young person from achieving success.