Rising Tide Communities - Orangewood

About This Program

Target Population: Former foster youth between 18 and 25 years

For children/adolescents ages: 18 – 25

Program Overview

Rising Tide Communities, developed by Orangewood Foundation, is a transitional housing program. The program provides a range of options for TAY, which includes housing, employment assistance, education assistance, ongoing training in day-to-day life skills, counseling and mentoring. Rising Tide Communities is an intentional community to assist TAY to develop skills that are designed to assist them in as they move into more permanent housing situation.

Program Goals

The goal of Rising Tide Communities - Orangewood is:

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

Logic Model

The program representative did not provide information about a Logic Model for Rising Tide Communities - Orangewood.

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 TAY population (i.e., the Independent Living Program, scholarships, drop-in resource center, Peer Mentors, youth leadership opportunities, etc.).
  • The Rising Tide Communities program offers subsidized housing for youth and strives to assist each of the youth in developing the tools they need for living independently. Youth Support Specialists (case managers) work with each youth individually to help them develop a unique plan for their future. The pursuit of higher education is not mandatory but is encouraged. However, working is mandatory in order for the youth to pay their bills. 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 Youth Support Specialist (YSS) and meets weekly with the YSS 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 from the faith-based community plan activities for the youth that range from spending time with youth in their homes to taking them on an outing for the day.
  • Youth stay an average of 2 years. The program is privately funded which allows the staff the ability to determine the length of stay for each youth based on their progress with their goals.
  • The Orangewood Foundation owns two apartment complexes that can house up to 32 youth in total 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:

  • Potential homelessness, probable lacking of basic independent life skills

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 (apartment home or house in community) around 18 months. Contact sessions run 1-3 hours, depending on need.

Delivery Setting

This program is typically conducted in a(n):

  • Other


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

Manuals and Training

Prerequisite/Minimum Provider Qualifications

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

Manual Information

There is not a manual that describes how to deliver this program.

Training Information

There is training available for this program.

Training Contact:
Training Type/Location:

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

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: June 2015

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: October 2020

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: September 2006