Sarah began working with Kairos in 2015 in our Chafee program, she resided at Evergreen Youth and Shelter Home for almost 2 years, and most recently successfully participated in our Supported Independent Living Program. Sarah entered the foster care system at age 11, and had been in seven failed placements prior to entering our girls group home.
Through her participation in the Chafee program and residence at Evergreen youth home, Sarah received the support, structure, and encouragement she needed to thrive. She did well in high school participating in the Junior ROTC and earning multiple student recognition and achievement awards. She graduated early and enrolled as a fulltime nursing student at Great Falls College MSU in the Spring of 2018. Her goal is to become a registered nurse.
Along with her academic achievements, Sarah completed a CNA course, and has been employed with Benefis for the last 2 years. She was a member of the 2017-2018 Youth Advisory Board which allowed her the opportunity to work with other youth, legislators, state officials, and other stakeholders to improve the foster care system. She hopes to work as a mentor for youth in the future.
Sarah has achieved so much in spite of the many barriers she has faced from a young age. Through her active participation in the programming at Evergreen and with Chafee, she has mapped out a plan for her life, and is on her way to making her dreams a reality.
Kairos Youth Services is a private non-profit organization that operates three community based youth homes and the Chafee Foster Care Independence Program in North Central Montana. Youth in placement live in a healthy structured environment that provides safety and security. Youth are offered educational, social, cultural and recreational opportunities. They receive personal guidance, supervision, individual and family counseling, and referral to appropriate community resources. Youth exit our programs with improved school performance, fewer legal problems, and the skills necessary to become productive members of our community.
A United Way Supported Service