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Residential Programs

At times, residential placement is the best setting for a youth; to heal from trauma, to reset their perspective, and to set goals and learn new skills.

Villa of Hope’s Residential programs, run by caring Villa staff, have options supported by the NYS Office of Mental Health, and others supported by the Office of Children and Family Services. Cottages on our beautiful Dewey Avenue campus can accommodate 57 youth; and group homes offsite house additional clients. Residences range from closely supervised settings, to community group homes and apartments, to enable transition and promote independence.

For more information, click on a program below to read about our residential program options.

Residential Treatment Center (RTC)

Our residential treatment center serves 40 youth, ages 11 to 17, on our beautiful Dewey Avenue Campus in three cottages. This program incorporates therapeutic, educational and recreational services in a highly structured environment. Newly utilizing the Search Institute’s 40 Developmental Assets, a strength-based model for individualized service and treatment planning, the Villa’s residential programs are outcome-focused, with an emphasis on progress.

Residential Treatment Facility (RTF)

Providing enhanced residential and educational services, along with intensive therapy for youth with serious emotional disabilities, our RTF accommodates up to 14 youth ages 13 to 21. These teens are referred by the NYS Office of Mental Health due to serious difficulties managing severe, persistent psychiatric issues. In a homey setting, we address their many behavioral and psychological needs, including the effects of trauma, and work to improve communication and relationships with family members.

The True North Program

Painting of the Statue of LibertyThe True North Program is located in Greece, NY, on the Villa of Hope Dewey Avenue Campus. True North serves young men aged 16 who are in the foster care system. These youth are also identified as needing increased supervision and clinical treatment. True North provides a safe and nurturing environment for youth, allowing them the support needed to identify and work through their unique situations, and is programming developed for the New York State Raise the Age (RTA) law change.

Youth come to True North for a variety of reasons that can include history of traumatic events, academic needs, emotion management and relationship challenges, or other stressors that impact their ability to live at home. Youth receive individualized treatment that can include safety planning, identification and development of coping and emotional regulation skills. Youth are supported in rebuilding relationships, as well as developing other lifelong connections as they begin planning for their transition to the next phase of their lives.

True North is a Residential treatment program, and like all Villa of Hope programs and services, recognizes the role that traumatic experiences play in the lives of our clients and the need for trauma-informed, trauma-responsive staff and interventions.

The True North program is licensed by New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS).

Group Homes and Community Residences

Providing teens with the opportunity to learn daily-living skills and develop personal responsibility and self-reliance through community living is the focus at our three group homes and community residences.

We operate one co-ed group home in Monroe County for youth ages 16 to 21 who have been placed in foster care or campus residential care by the county or court system. These young adults have been through traumatic experiences and need support, structure, nurturing and coaching to help make healthy decisions about behavior and relationships. Outcomes are individualized to meet the unique needs of each client, such as completing high school, securing employment, or attending college.

Our co-ed community residence in Wayne County serves youth ages 13 to 18 who are able to step down from a higher level of care for serious mental health challenges. The primary goal is to help teens manage their mental illness so that they can return to live with their family. Psychiatric services and individual and group therapy helps teens and family members learn how to manage emotions to prevent violence, self harm or other unhealthy behaviors.

Community Apartment Program (CAP)

Young people ages 16 ½ to 21 who have been in the foster care system have the opportunity to learn to live on their own in one of our community apartments. Youth live in one or two-bedroom apartments in a northeast Rochester complex with our staff on-site and available around the clock. This program promotes independence, prevents homelessness and decreases the dependence on public assistance. Residents are required to work and/or be enrolled in an educational or vocational program. We help them master independent living skills, including budgeting and cooking, and help them set and achieve personal goals.

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