Sankofa is a Ghanaian term that “means discovering that which was lost.” The name was chosen to reflect our desire to help young homeless families rediscover direction in their lives. Sankofa provides permanent supportive housing to unaccompanied youth between the ages of 17 and 25 who are either pregnant or parenting a child under the age of 3 years old. The ultimate goal of the program is to reduce repeated episodes of homelessness, and help young parents’ live healthy, productive lives. To achieve this goal Sankofa offers young parents a range of supportive services assists in:
- Achieving self-sufficiency;
- Strengthen families by creating, nurturing and financially stable environments for children;
- Linking families to quality health care; and
- Promoting education as a means to individual success and gainful employment.
Youth between 18 and 24 are among the fastest growing segments of the homeless population. Not only are they faced with multiple life challenges without adult guidance and financial support, they must do so at a critical juncture in their development—the transition from childhood to adulthood. Through Sankofa young parents can begin to heal past traumas, create community, and build the skills needed to live more stable, productive lives.