Tools for Hope (T4H), is a comprehensive personal skills and job training program. The model is designed to help young adults living with a mental-health condition or co-occurring mental-health and substance-abuse issues.
Our program goal is to provide a nurturing environment where young adults with mental-health issues can learn skills that will translate into job opportunities, learn self-care and self-advocacy skills, and develop a positive self-image. Working in partnership with other area treatment providers, professionals and community programs, the T4H program will teach participants the skills they need to become self-supporting.
Vocational training including construction and craftsmanship makes up the core curriculum. Also included is Individual Life Skills (ILS) training for each participant, customized for their particular needs. The duration of the training program is modified to meet the individual needs of participants and is based on plans developed in collaboration with their treatment providers. The average length of time each client will spend in T4H training ranges from five to seven months.
T4H can include assistance with internships and post-graduate job placement. Our long-term plan for program sustainability includes retail sales of participants’ finished products.
Currently, T4H participants are evaluated by NC Vocational Rehabilitation Services. Individuals applying to the T4H program who are not currently Voc-Rehab clients will be referred to Voc-Rehab before being accepted into the program. Voc-Rehab will fund participants who meet their criteria. For those students who are not funded by Voc-Rehab, Josh’s Hope can accept cash payments for tuition; we have a small scholarship fund for students who are unable to afford the tuition fees in full.