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The Aged-Out Foster Care Youth Home the Community Built


The Optimist Club of Twin Falls, Inc. (Club) recognized a need within its community regarding Aging-Out Foster Care Youth who were ill-prepared for life on their own, and their potential for homelessness. The Club embarked on what has become an amazing and heartwarming journey. A journey that is still unfolding, one filled with love, compassion, encouragement, hopefulness, and community-wide cooperation.

Youth aging-out of the Foster Care System were typically not finishing high school and headed to homelessness and/or incarceration within two years.  

In addition, Foster Care Youth typically do not learn the basic life skills so necessary to determine success as an adult. They rarely possess a driver license, employment experience, or even the simplest of skills such as doing laundry or cooking, not the the least of which is a place to live. Aging-Out Foster Care Youth, when they turn eighteen, very quickly fade into the fabric of society. Statistically, they have not done well. The communities in and around Twin Falls are changing that.




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The History


The journey started in 2012 when the Executive Director of CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) told Barry Knoblich, a member of the Club, about a young man sleeping in a car.  The young man had aged-out of Foster Care at eighteen and didn’t have any place to go.   Barry felt the Club needed to look into this.  As he started to explore this issue, he found out right away there were some services out there for these youth but what they really needed was a place to live. 

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We could not have done this without the help of the community.


Beginner Girl's Rooms


Although we are still working on the boy's side of the house, please enjoy these pictures of the currently finished girl's side of the house.
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Advanced Girl's Rooms


These rooms are reserved for the girls that stick with our program for the max amount of time.

Boy's Rooms


We are still working on getting pictures for the boys bedrooms, but please check out these pictures of the freshly finished upstairs kitchen!

More Rooms


We make sure our young people have the proper training to succeed in our community. We have a training room next to the Advanced Girl's rooms, as well as an office for the trainer.