Cost of Doing Nothing
24, 679 Youths will age out of foster care this year
$300,000 will be spent to support one youth (public assistance, incarceration, and lost wages)
$7.4 Billion in costs to taxpayers
All young men entering adulthood have wants:
• Respect from others
• Ownership of their future
• Knowledge that their lives have purpose
• A place to call home
The Manasseh House Foundation offers young men that bridge. It provides opportunities to learn trade skills, acquire independent living skills, network with mentors who have similar experiences, and find peace in God.
Manasseh means “God has spared me from the sufferings at the hands of my family members.” The name is found in the Bible. The story tells of a boy named “Joseph” and a coat of many colors that his father had given him. Joseph’s brothers were jealous of the coat and the many gifts their father gave Joseph. The brothers rejected him. They planned to kill him, but decided to sell him into slavery and to split the money. In the end, God freed him from slavery and gave him many blessings. In gratitude, Joseph named one of his sons – Manasseh.
For over 20 years, Dr. Gianna Talone-Sullivan saw first-hand the growing needs of youths who “aged out” of the foster care system. "Imagine your parents do not have the time or desire to “take care” of you. You go to foster care where you are shuffled to a new family every 2 to 3 years. You turn 18 and you are told to leave. You are angry, frightened, and don’t know where to go. You only have the streets. You have no job. You beg for food. You wonder what you did wrong." She founded Manasseh House in 2013 and launched it in 2017.