VQ Living

Our VQ Living programs provide small-scale, family-like residences for youth facing adversity within the community.

Our primary goal is to reunify children and youth with a family member or caregiver; however, in cases where this is not possible, VQ concentrates on preparing youth to make a successful transition to independence. Our VQ Living homes and the cohesion and support they provide are the first steps in that transition.

Our VQ Living homes are CARF-accredited and uphold a standard of excellence.

These family-style homes offer youth a place where they can be members of a community and form critical connections.

Our primary goal is to provide a place for youth to feel cared for and respected. Respect, understanding and recognition of individual needs are cornerstones of our VQ Living programs as many of our youth have experienced significant adversity and trauma. Beyond feeling cared for, however, we also want to give youth the opportunity to move toward a state of independence and self-sufficiency. To that end, our residents are taught life skills and encouraged to see past their current situations to better define and plan their futures. Our VQ Living homes group together youth from a wide variety of backgrounds and differing situations, but we work with youth to create individualized service plans based on their strengths, needs, abilities and preferences.

During their time with us, we encourage youth to:

Maintain family and community connections

Grow in a positive direction

Practice non violence
and emotional intelligence

Achieve educational
and vocational success

Know their rights and advocate for themselves

Key Qualities

Family Style Living
where youth can learn to be members of a community

Nutritious and Culturally Appropriate Meals and Snacks

Recreational Activities including sports, art and music

Guided Life Skills

Educational Support and Advocacy

Trauma Informed and Individualized care

VQ has operated family-style living homes for youth in the child welfare system since 1973.

VQ believes that congregate care, when operated correctly, can be a valuable tool to help youth who lack support establish permanency goals and work towards achieving them. By being housed together with other youth in similar situations, youth in these programs quickly see the value in the secure attachments that can be made when individuals come together to form a group. Once they leave our programs, we want youth to be able to more easily connect with the communities they find themselves in, be able to establish long-term goals for themselves, and know what to do to achieve them.

Frequently Asked Questions

What services are offered to help youth adjust to independent living?

We administer a life-skills assessment when youth enter the program to get a read on each individual’s need and then focus our life skills training based on each individual. We help them with job interviews, connect them with people in the community that assist with helping them find jobs, and lead them to other resources to help them with independent living skills.

Is any assistance provided to youth once they leave the program?

No, but some kids will reach out for assistance and we can connect them with resources if they need additional assistance. We remain as a connection for resources.

What are the primary benefits of a Pathfinder Home?

The main benefit of our Pathfinder Homes is that they are community-based - not only do the youth in these programs learn to exist in a community, but they also gain connections to the larger community beyond the homes. In addition, these programs are very child-centered and our goal is simply to support them in their goals with reunification or independence. We provide services and connect them with services based on what their needs are. Community connections are found for all youth based on what they enjoy.

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VQ Living Pennsylvania

Luzerne, Pennsylvania

Age

16.5-21

Gender

Both

The Independent Living Program is designed to assist adjudicated delinquent or dependent youth in making a successful transition to independent living. To that end, we help youth get involved with their communities, complete their educations, and find employment while providing them with a safe and supportive environment.

Program Director

Jeremy Collins

VQ Living Texas

Fort Worth, Texas

Age

12 - 17

Gender

The Texas VQ Living program is developed to help adolescents who have difficulty functioning at home, school, or in the community adapt to independent life. The typical length of stay for residents is about six months, during which time they receive trauma-focused care, clinical support, and role modeling on community functioning. Through these services, we hope to give youth a better chance at successfully integrating back into the communities they call home.

Program Director

Jimmy Anderson

VQ Living Arizona

Tucson, Arizona

Age

5 - 17

Gender

Male and Female

The VQ Living homes are 5- 10 bed residential programs that aim to provide assistance to youth in transitioning to more permanent living situations - homes, independent living, foster care, or more appropriate residential programs. With strong staff to serve as role models and a nurturing environment, we help youth in these programs develop life skills that can guide them once they leave our care.

Program Director

Kara Gouveia

VQ Living Arizona
Tucson, Arizona
VQ Living Arizona
Tucson, Arizona
Gender
Male and Female
Age
5 - 17
# of Homes
7

The VQ Living homes are 5- 10 bed residential programs that aim to provide assistance to youth in transitioning to more permanent living situations - homes, independent living, foster care, or more appropriate residential programs. With strong staff to serve as role models and a nurturing environment, we help youth in these programs develop life skills that can guide them once they leave our care.

Program Director
Kara Gouveia
VQ Living Pennsylvania
Luzerne, Pennsylvania
VQ Living Pennsylvania
Luzerne, Pennsylvania
Gender
Both
Age
16.5-21
# of Homes
1

The Independent Living Program is designed to assist adjudicated delinquent or dependent youth in making a successful transition to independent living. To that end, we help youth get involved with their communities, complete their educations, and find employment while providing them with a safe and supportive environment.

Program Director
Jeremy Collins
VQ Living Texas
Fort Worth, Texas
VQ Living Texas
Fort Worth, Texas
Gender
Age
12 - 17
# of Homes
1

The Texas VQ Living program is developed to help adolescents who have difficulty functioning at home, school, or in the community adapt to independent life. The typical length of stay for residents is about six months, during which time they receive trauma-focused care, clinical support, and role modeling on community functioning. Through these services, we hope to give youth a better chance at successfully integrating back into the communities they call home.

Program Director
Jimmy Anderson