Community Impact

Overview- The Shiloh Ranch

 

 

We believe every child deserves a new beginning and a chance to succeed, and to know that they are NOT FORGOTTEN!


The Forgotten Ones' mission is to provide unique services to young adults, to improve their lives and become self sufficient, especially those aging out of the foster care system. We provide the opportunities and tools they need to succeed long after their transition. By customizing individual programs, for each young adult they can build trust and accomplish their goals. The Forgotten Ones, Inc. 501 (c) (3), was created by Cindy Cook, ten years ago, she envisioned an opportunity to develop a program to help young adults transition into a better life. We have since been providing food, shelter, education, counseling, and sponsorship for young adults in the greater Orlando, Fl area. We have a 70% success rate in helping youth transition into self sufficient adulthood. The Forgotten Ones have a history of countless young adults who have taken advantage of the opportunities we provided to change their lives for the better. The agency is inspiring to be one of the leading non-profit organization in helping the youth of Central Florida.The Forgotten Ones, Inc strive to help youth to pursue their unique vision of the future in search of their independence. 

  
 

We work with with young adults for the past 10 years on a one-on-one basis and have a 70% success rate helping them transition into self-sufficient adults.


 

The problem is that the 90% of foster kids feel let down by the system. More than 23,000 children will age out of the US foster care system every year, at no fault of their own. In Florida alone, there are over 13,500 young adults leaving the system. Throughout their lives, education is almost always delayed and disrupted. Kids are ill-equipped for the transition to adulthood when their lives have always been on the move without parents to provide continuity and a sense of connection. Each year, 26,000 youth transition from foster care without the typical growing-up experiences that teach self-sufficiency skills. Without the family supports and community networks that help them make successful transitions into adulthood, these young people experience very poor outcomes at a much higher rate than the general population. What happens to these young adults we took into the foster care system, once  they are released? As the statistics show, many foster kids age out of the system and have nowhere to turn. More than one in five transitioning youth will become homeless after age 18. Over 71% of young women are pregnant by the age of 21 and face higher rates of unemployment, criminal conviction, public assistance, and involvement in the child welfare system. At the age of 24, only half of the foster care children are employed. Fewer than 3 percent will earn a college degree by age 25. One in four will be involved in the justice system within two years of leaving the foster care system.The Forgotten Ones, Inc are driven and strive to enhance the lives of young adults through education, guidance, and support to transition into self-sufficient adulthood. Educators, parents, and community partnerships are increasingly recognizing the value of our organization-particularly those who have not had access to or information about this major loophole in our system.


Due to the increasingly number of young adults in needs of support and guidance within the Central Florida, The Forgotten Ones, Inc has acquired 2.5 acres of land to build a transitional home to help young adults 18-25 years of age get off the streets and get assistance with a start to find their purpose in their lives. We will offer GED classes, counseling, and jot training courses (Life Skills) at The Shiloh Ranch in Geneva, FL. The Shiloh Ranch will consist of the transitional home, warehouse to hold workshops, gardening and care farming. Care farming is the therapeutic use of farming practices to provide health, social, and educational care services for young adults and provide a supervised, structured program of farming related activities, including animal husbandry, vegetable production, and beekeeping.


The Shiloh Ranch will be a serene, comfortable, and safe place for troubled young adults to come and get help with healing their past and learning to care for one another. Our goal is to show them the world is not so cold and people do care about them, through learning to trust themselves and others, they can truly gain their independence. We believe that every child deserves a new beginning and a chance to succeed. We accommodate and strive for each individual needs through inspiration, coaching, and educating for their specific personals needs and long term goals.


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Resource Center Services

Obtaining Identification

ID cards, drivers licenses, birth certificates, social security cards. Our agency assists clients in obtaining identification and will directly pay the associated fees on behalf of the client, if eligible. Eligible clients are only able to receive one identification assistance once per calendar year. This includes obtaining a State of Florida ID with a of fee $ 25.00; State of Florida Driver’s License with a fee of $48.00; Birth Certificates with fees ranging from $10.00 to $65.00; and applying for Social Security Cards. Our agency does not cover the cost of replacements, lost, or stolen identification documents. 

ACCESS Partner (SNAP)

 We assist clients in applying or reapplying for food stamps, Medicaid, and/or cash benefits, as well as scan verification documents, directly to Florida Department of Children and Families office. 

Free Cell Phones

 We assist clients with applying for Assurance Wireless to obtain a free cell phone program. 

Transportation Assistance

Our agency assists eligible clients through with Lynx bus passes to access transportation for medical appointments, job interviews, verification of their identity for food stamps, and referrals for other services that are scheduled through our case manager. Our agency will directly pay the associated fees for bus passes on behalf of our eligible clients. Our agency is currently approved through Lynx for a 10% discount on the purchase of bus passes. Bus passes are purchased out of general operating funds according to the following fees: 10 weekly passes good for 7 days at $144.00; 10 monthly passes good for 30 days $300.00; 10 daily passes good for 1 day at $40.50; and 10 single ride passes good for 1 single ride at $18.00. 

GED Testing

Our agency assists client’s ages 22 – 30 years old with obtaining their GED. Due to limited resources for this age group, our agency will directly pay testing fees for eligible clients for approved testing with Florida Department of Education. 

Free Vision services

If the client meets the qualification standards, we will assist them in completing the intake procedure and scheduling an eye appointment. .

Emergency Food Pantry

Free Bread & Pastries

Available fresh every day during office hours for those in need.

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Upcoming food drives

We use the resources donated by people like you to help others and give back to our community. By sharing what we have, we hope to make a positive impact in the lives of others and share the simple blesssings we have received.

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Testimonies

We have so many young stories from teenagers, young moms and dads, and those who need a hand up in the world.

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