<p>If it wasn’t for Monroe Harding, I would have been on the streets having no mind of my own.</p> <p>The best thing about Monroe to me is the staff.</p> <p>Monroe Harding acted like a parent to me. They taught me how to be socially and morally responsible.</p> <p>What you give is important! What you get in return is satisfaction for a lifetime!<br>– Foster parent</p> <p>Monroe Harding gave me a future.</p> <p>The best thing I liked about being at Monroe was going to the community football and hockey games.</p> <p>I know that Monroe Harding is not an ordinary program and that youth can benefit and go on and succeed in life and become whatever you want.</p> <p>Every child needs a faithful fan, especially in a losing season.</p> <p>We teach by showing children how healthy families work.</p> <p>The staff showed me what real friends are – how to treat others with respect and that there is another kind of life for me out there.</p> <p>The best thing I liked about being at Monroe was going to the community football and hockey games.</p> <p>Monroe Harding gave me a future.</p> <p>I liked meeting new and extraordinary people.</p> <p>Before Monroe Harding, I thought ‘Why should I care, no one else cares?’ Now I know there are people who care.</p> <p>Being able to cook your own food, going to public school, not being locked down and going on an outing was the best thing.</p> <p>I gave them hell and they gave me heaven.</p>

WHAT IS MONROE HARDING?

Monroe Harding does for kids in foster care what a family would do. We provide security, support and give young people a chance for success and we have been doing it for 121 years.

Our programs include:


Foster Care Services provide children and teens a safe, secure and loving home until they can go home or achieve permanency through adoption. The array of foster care services includes recruiting and training our generous foster parents, ensuring the children in our care are making academic gains, have good health care, and are prepared for reunification with their family or the transition to loving adoptive parents.

Cooperative Living Program provides a progressively independent level of living as youth mature and acquire new skills. Beyond the basics of food and shelter, this program provides education, vocational training, life skills, spiritual formation, health and wellness activities, and - most importantly- the support and guidance of a caring adult.

Independent Living provides a safe place for youth to live as they transition into the community. The young people live in homes off campus and benefit from Monroe Harding guidance and regularly scheduled counseling.

Youth Connections is a resource center for young adults between the ages of 18 and 26 who are in or have previously been in foster care. The center acts as a family support system, helping young adults achieve independence.