Rising Tide Communities - Orangewood

About This Program

Target Population: Former foster youth between 18 and 24 years

For children/adolescents ages: 18 – 24

Program Overview

Rising Tide Communities, developed by Orangewood Foundation, is a transitional housing program. The program provides a range of options for former foster youth, which include housing, employment assistance, transportation assistance, ongoing training in day-to-day life skills, counseling, mentoring, and spiritual life development. Rising Tide Communities is an intermediate step between dependency on the foster care system and independent living.

Program Goals

The goal of Rising Tide Communities - Orangewood is:

  • Teach the young adults life skills to prepare them for healthy interdependence

Essential Components

The essential components of Rising Tide Communities - Orangewood include

  • The Orangewood Foundation runs the Rising Tide Communities program. The Rising Tide Communities, a transitional housing program, is one of many programs at the Orangewood Foundation designed to serve the transitioning foster youth population (i.e., the Independent Living Program, scholarships, drop-in resource center, Independent Living Specialists, youth leadership opportunities, etc.)
  • The Rising Tide Communities program offers low-income housing for foster youth and strives to assist each of the youth in developing the tools they need for living independently. Case managers work with each youth individually to help them develop a unique plan for their future. The pursuit of higher education is encouraged and working is mandatory. The community (mentors, staff, and volunteers) supports the youth in their search for meaningful and livable-wage employment.
  • The youth participant sets goals with a live-in case manager and meets weekly with the case manager to go over progress made on the goals. These goals include, but may not be limited to, finances, education, employment and career. Goals are re-evaluated formally on at least a quarterly basis.
  • There is a voluntary spiritual-life component available to the youth. Community members (staff, mentors, or volunteers) plan activities for the youth that range from spending time with youth in their homes to taking them on an outing for the day.
  • This program is privately funded which allows the staff the ability to determine the length of stay for each youth.
  • The Orangewood Foundation owns two apartment complexes that house up to 30 emancipated youth between the two complexes and a home that houses up to 11 young ladies.

Program Delivery

Child/Adolescent Services

Rising Tide Communities - Orangewood directly provides services to children/adolescents and addresses the following:

  • Transitioning from the foster care or probation systems

Recommended Intensity:

Twice a week contact for at least the first 3 months, then weekly contact for the duration of their stay

Recommended Duration:

Youth reside in the transitional housing around 18 months. Contact sessions run 1-3 hours, depending on need.

Delivery Setting

This program is typically conducted in a(n):

  • Youth Apartment/Apartment Complex/Home


This program does not include a homework component.

Resources Needed to Run Program

The typical resources for implementing the program are:

  • Housing for youth
  • Office space for case managers

Education and Training

Prerequisite/Minimum Provider Qualifications

A combination of experience and education in the field of social work is required.

Education and Training Resources

There is not a manual that describes how to implement this program ; but there is training available for this program.

Training Contact:
Training is obtained:

Via phone consultation

Number of days/hours:

Informal training/consultation is available to those who are interested.

Relevant Published, Peer-Reviewed Research

Currently, there are no published, peer-reviewed research studies for Rising Tide Communities - Orangewood.

Additional References

No reference materials are currently available for Rising Tide Communities - Orangewood.

Contact Information

Linda Levshin
Agency/Affiliation: Orangewood Foundation
Website: www.orangewoodfoundation.org
Phone: (714) 619-0239
Fax: (714) 796-2139

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: June 2015

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: March 2016

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: September 2006