MIRCI’s Youth Drop-in Center (YDC), with the support of a $10,000 grant from Aflac, housed at the Central Carolina Community Foundation, will be able to offer more life skills lessons to youth who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness.
MIRCI’s YDC fosters a nurturing environment where youth not only have their basic needs met, but also learn, heal, and grow. By providing essentials such as meals, showers, and internet access, the YDC gives youth the ability to pursue personal growth through life skill lessons—allowing them not just to survive, but to thrive.
“We are thrilled to have the support of Aflac. Their generosity allows us to provide early intervention and prevention services to our community’s most vulnerable population, in a way that produces positive results for the entire community,” said Julie Ann Avin, MIRCI’s executive director. “In 2020, MIRCI’s YDC provided 16,216 services to youth who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness, and we look forward to being able to continue our work, especially in light of the pandemic.”
MIRCI’s life skills lessons at the YDC are tailored to participant needs and build the knowledge and habits needed to become successful adults. They encompass topics including health, education, employment, interpersonal relationships, and household management.
MIRCI – the Mental Illness Recovery Center, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to create pathways to recovery for individuals who are experiencing or at risk of mental illness and/or homelessness.