Transitional Living Program.

If you’re a young person between 18 and 19 experiencing homelessness while trying to complete your education, our transitional living program can provide a safe place to live, food, clothing, and supportive services.
Free. Safe. Voluntary.
Ready to move forward? Call us at (317) 635-9301
Stopover’s Transitional Living Program offers young people experiencing homelessness long-term residential shelter and supportive services so they can complete their education in a safe, welcoming environment away from the intensity of unhealthy family situations and the dangers of living on the streets.
Our Woodruff Place home isn’t a typical shelter. It’s a real home in a peaceful neighborhood, with a kitchen, a front porch, bedrooms with doors, and young people just like you. A place where you can heal, grow, and get your life back on track.
The number of days you can stay while working toward your goals

How It Works

Application & Interview

If you are a young person still pursuing your education and experiencing homelessness, you can call us to learn about the available programs and request an application. There is no need for a referral, although we’re happy to speak with others working on your behalf if you’d like us to.

The application process is easy. You can complete it at one of our locations, or we can email it to you. After we review your application, we’ll contact you to schedule an interview.

If you qualify for the program and a room is available, we can help you move in immediately. If all our rooms are taken, we’ll help you connect with other organizations that may be able to help until space becomes available.

Living in the house

We want you to feel at home here, so you’ll have all of the necessities—a warm bed, showers, regular meals, clothing, and toiletries. And yes—even Wi-Fi. We have house rules and an 11 p.m. curfew for everyone’s safety, but for the most part, you can come and go as you please. The house accommodates up to eight young people, with no more than two people in a room.

While living at the Woodruff Place house, you can safely complete your schoolwork, get help applying for a job or secondary education, access age-appropriate support services, and learn life skills that will help set you up for a better future.

Transitional Living Plan (TLP)

When you enter the program, you’ll be guided by a Youth Development Specialist (YDS) who will help you develop a Transitional Living Plan (TLP) to help you achieve your personal goals. We’ll identify things like:
  • Your personal strengths and weaknesses.
  • Short and long-term goals (education, employment, or relational goals).
  • Challenges or barriers to educational success, stable employment, and future housing.
  • Logistical needs like obtaining a copy of your birth certificate, state ID, or educational records.
  • Action steps to address individual challenges and barriers.
  • A timeline and plan for completing action steps.

Life Skills Training

We provide real-world life skills training and activities to prepare you to live independently when you graduate from the program. While these activities sometimes feel like “chores,” they’re necessary skills and practices for adult self-sufficiency and living harmoniously with others in the Woodruff Place home. These skills typically include:
  • Meal planning and prep
  • Housekeeping & basic maintenance
  • Budgeting and money management
  • Time management
  • Communication & conflict resolution
  • Healthy habits
  • Job interviewing & preparedness
  • Violence prevention
  • Sexual Wellness
  • Community building

Healing-Centered Care

In our homes, we practice healing-centered care, providing a safe, supportive environment and connecting you to age-appropriate services to help you heal from past trauma, complete your educational goals, and prepare for your future.

We understand you may be reluctant to engage in some services initially. This is normal, and we’re here to help. These services are voluntary; you will always have a voice in advocating for your own needs. We welcome all our young people to participate in designing and evaluating our programs.

Transitioning out of the program

When you’re ready to graduate from the program, we’ll help you transition—whether to an apartment, a college dorm, or a return to your family home. Together, we’ll develop an aftercare plan that includes connections to community resources and regular check-ins.
“I had run out of people. Out of places I could stay. I couldn’t even think about anything else but where I was going to go next.
When I got to Stopover, I could finally just breathe and think about things.”
—Jeremy, Age 18


For Young People

What is a transitional living home, and what is it like?

Think of it like our name. It’s a stopover between where you are now and where you want to go. It’s a safe place to transition from homelessness to self-sufficient living. Here, you’ll have a room and a bed, food, showers, and most things you would find in a home. It’s not fancy, but much better than living on the streets or crashing on people’s couches.

Who can stay at the house?

18 to 19-year-olds experiencing homelessness who are still trying to complete their education. It doesn’t matter why you need help or how far behind you are. It also doesn’t matter what your race, gender identity, sexual orientation, or beliefs are. Everyone is welcome here.

Will I have a roommate?

You will likely have one roommate, but not always. We have room for up to eight young people—two to a room at full capacity.

How long can I stay?

You’re welcome to stay up to 18 months (540 days) while working toward your education and employment goals, even if you have a birthday while still in school. If you graduate and are ready to exit the program early, your Youth Development Specialist will still be here to help you for the first six months after you leave.

Do I have to go to school? What if I need help getting back on track?

Education and employment are critical to transitioning to healthy independent living, so all young people must be enrolled in school, skills training, or employed. While you’re here, we can arrange transportation so that you can keep attending your existing school or help you return to school. If you’d like, we can meet with you and your school counselor to help you develop a plan for getting and staying on track.

We can also help you with transportation to school, school supplies, or securing the documents you need for school or work, like your birth certificate, social security card, or school transcripts.

Can I come and go as I please? Are there other rules?

Stopover is safe, free, and voluntary. No one can, or will, force you to stay. There is an 11 PM curfew for everyone’s safety. We do not allow drugs, alcohol, bullying, threats of violence, or weapons of any kind on our properties at any time. That’s a hard and fast rule for everyone.

What do you expect from me?

We expect you to treat others with kindness and their property with respect. We don’t expect to be your new best friend, but our staff is here to help, and others in the house face similar challenges. Everybody pitches in and picks up after themselves. To best help yourself, be honest with yourself and the staff, be willing to learn new life skills, and be realistic about setting and working toward your personal goals
Homeless? You don’t have to be. Call us. 317.635.9301