Transitional Housing (Moving On Project)

Our Moving On Project (MOP) is a transitional living apartment program that assists males, ages 18 to 21, in developing the skills needed to live independently. For a 12- to 18-month period, the Moving On Project provides DCF-referred youth with a safe, caring, and nurturing environment, as well as practical instruction. MOP programming offers authentic engagement, education, and coaching to help young adults develop mastery of “concrete" and "soft" skills associated with adult success. MOP programming will achieve a balance of providing guidance and support while also reinforcing each young adult's independence and autonomy so they can explore, pursue, and benefit from varied opportunities and maintain healthy permanent family/relative, natural supports, and community connections. 

Father and son with arms around each other

About The Program

A young adult must express a clear commitment to the MOP before he is granted admission. The program emphasizes responsibility, accountability, and respect, therefore, all participants must sign a contract outlining his responsibilities. Once admitted, he is assigned a case manager, who meets with him at least once a week. Supervision is intense as a youth adjusts to his new environment and gradually decreases as his decision-making skills improve.

The MOP is located in an apartment building in Manchester. The young men reside in two-bedroom apartments, while staff offices occupy space on the first floor. Conveniently located on a bus line, the apartments are accessible to employment opportunities, stores, offices, banks, and schools.

Father helping teenage son doing his homework in room

Transitional Program Details

Case managers develop an individualized transitional program for each resident. Instruction and assistance, both formal and informal, are provided individually and in a group setting. Tutors and mentors are assigned when needed. Topics covered may include:

  • Money management 
  • Household maintenance 
  • Nutrition and meal planning 
  • Health care, hygiene, and fitness 
  • Smart shopping 
  • Consumer information and protection 
  • Transportation 
  • Educational needs 
  • Employment/career exploration 
  • Community services and resources 
  • Decision-making, goal-setting, and problem-solving skills 
  • Self-esteem 
  • Relationships and interpersonal skills 
  • Communication and conflict resolution 
  • Sexual issues and information 
  • Parenting skills 

The MOP provides a practice environment for the real world. Young adults are taught a variety of life skills and become acquainted with useful resources in the community. The goal of the program is to teach each resident to set a life plan for now and for the future, and to strive to reach his full potential.

Teenagers playing video game at home

Help Them Feel At Home

We welcome donations of the items below in good and/or working condition for furnishing. Please call 860.521.8035 for more information:

  • Gender neutral furniture
  • Dressers, coffee tables, and end tables 
  • Floor and table lamps
Kyeesha Clayborne

Our 'Moving On' Staff

Our key staff includes a program director, two full-time, transitional-living coordinators and an educational/vocational specialist.

Moving On staff reflect the racial and ethnic background of the residents.

For further information or to make a referral, contact 860.643.7888.