Holy Cross Independent Living

HOLY CROSS SERVICES believes in treating the entire person while promoting a process of change, through which individuals work to improve their own health and well-being. Holy Cross offers quality treatment and the most important ingredient in recovery and wellness – HOPE!

Bringing Hope to Families Since 1948

Independent Living Plus (ILP) is a short-term intervention designed to meet a youth’s specific independent living needs and goals. ILP provides staff supported housing/host homes and services for youth ages 16 through 19 who have been identified by individual needs and assessment to not currently being appropriate for general Independent Living.

ILP is also designed as a post-placement for youth in which all of the following apply:

  • Youth leaving residential foster care who cannot return home
  • Youth that are appropriate for the program are self-motivated and demonstrate selfcare potential, as they are responsible for getting themselves up in the morning, taking public transportation to school,
    taking their own medications, etc.
  • Youth who cannot be placed into a family foster home
  • Youth for whom adoption is not planned
  • Youth who have demonstrated a capacity for and willingness to learn independent living skills in a supervised, structured ILP program prior to transitioning
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All programs are gender specific.

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The program is designed to provide youth with life skills to better prepare them for independence and a successful transition into adulthood.

Youth can remain in the ILP Program for a maximum of one year without the need of an exception request.

Teaching Life Skills

Each youth will be assigned a Life Skills Coach and provided a minimum of four hours of Independent Living instruction per week. Youth are taught skills that lead to increasing self-reliance and self-esteem. HCS staff provide Life Skills’ training in areas that include:

  • Career Planning
  • Communication
  • Daily Living/Home Life
  • Safety
  • Housing
  • Community
  • Money Management
  • Self-Care & Goal Setting
  • Social Relationships
  • Work Life
  • Education & Study
  • Health

Other goals include:

  • Creating self-reliant young adults
  • Providing youth with essential life skills
  • Easing the transition from placement to community life


  • Staff on site for a minimum of 16 hours per day from 3:00 p.m.-7:00 a.m. during scheduled school days
  • Staff on site for a minimum of 16 hours per day during non-school days (i.e., holidays, summer break, and weekends)
  • Furnishings include but not limited to a stove, microwave, refrigerator, kitchen furnishing (pots, pans, cooking and eating utensils), a dining table and chairs, a land-line telephone, and living room furniture
  • Each youth receives a welcome basket and has a separate bedroom which includes, but is not limited to, a bed with bed linens and pillow, a desk with a chair, a bookshelf, and a dresser
  • Staff availability 24 hours a day should an emergency occur
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Holy Cross Host Home

Becoming a Host Home

To be a Host Home provider, you must be age 21 or over, must complete an application, and pass a home inspection and a reference check. All adults in the home 18 years of age and older must provide a police background check and central registry clearance. The Host Home provider must reside in the home and must be accessible by phone during the hours of 3:00 pm through 6:00 pm and must be in the home during the hours of 6:00 pm through 7:00 am during scheduled school days. Host Home providers are not Foster Parents. Host Home providers are able to monitor the youth’s behavior while in their home yet cannot monitor or enforce rules outside of the home. Youth may not be left alone with the children of the Host Home provider and the youth cannot be responsible for child care.

The major standards that will considered include, but are not limited to:

• Hot and cold running water
• No plumbing leaks
• No standing water in basement or other areas of the home
• No broken windows or doors
• Electricity and gas turned on in Host Home provider’s
• Smoke detectors on every floor of the home
• Carbon monoxide detector
• No chipping paint or holes in the walls
• No exposed electrical wiring
• Covers on all light switches and outlets

• Covers on all light switches and outlets
• Working furnace
• Covered and working light fixtures with light bulbs
• Finished rooms floor to ceiling
• Two exits to the ground level from each floor that is
occupied by youth
• Home needs to be clean, organized, and well-maintained
• No basement rooms unless approved by the HCS ILP
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• Laundry access if available in the home


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