Teen Living Programs
Crystal Lynn was born to a 14-year-old mother and raised by her grandmother. At age 12, she found her grandmother murdered. In need of a place to stay, she “couch surfed” among extended family and friends. A police officer told her about Teen Living Programs, and she arrived at Belfort House, TLP’s transitional housing program, when she was 18. While there, she found employment and saved $8,000. She also graduated to CaSSA, TLP’s independent living program, where she had her own apartment. TLP staff members helped her to obtain her drivers license and land her current job in a hospital dialysis department. Now living independently, she is working to complete her nursing degree. “I’ve been through my share of trials and tribulations,” she says, “but I always try to keep my head up.” Crystal Lynn graduated from CaSSA four years ago, but she is still very much a part of the TLP family — she returns for graduation ceremonies and other events. At the 2006 Gala, she came full circle, sponsoring a Welcome Basket for a new Belfort House resident.