The Dent Transitional Program is design to re-establish homeless young men (United States Citizen) between the ages of 19-30, that are in need of guidance with improving their lives. DTP offers a fresh start by taking one-step at a time. The program design is a four step process of assisting with stabilizing (step one), educating (step two), employing (step 3), and permanently housing (step 4) all participants that are willing to complete the program. Completing all steps is encouraged daily and will take up to 12 months to complete with a 12-month monitoring period for a total of up to twenty-four months. This can be accomplished by getting homeless young men off the streets, teaching them responsibility, improving their skills through education, and monitoring their progress. A variety of activities, educational tools, and qualified speakers will be used to motivate and build character of the participants through direct involvement. DTP offers all participants an opportunity to obtain a General Educational Development (GED), if needed, through the program. The DTP offers direct benefit to decreasing unemployment and crime rates by getting homeless young men off the streets and active. The DTP offers homeless young men a positive atmosphere with guidance and motivation.
The DTP is organized exclusively for charitable and educational purposes under section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding section of any future federal tax code. The main purpose and focus of this charitable organization is to offer homeless young men a fair chance at a higher standard of living through advancement of educational development and financial growth. The DTP will help homeless young men regain self-confidence and self-control by getting them off the streets and into a structured environment. Those that are at a point of re-entering society after incarceration can greatly benefit from DTP. Participants are not expected to be perfect but they are expected to strive for perfection in the program by giving 100%. Executive Director and staff believe that if the DTP can assist a few young men with advancing in society, it has succeeded in what it was design to do. Each participant will be required to complete an evaluation of the effectiveness of the services offered through the DTP at the end of the 12-month period and an exit questionnaire at the end of the 12-month monitoring period. The Executive Director or designee will conduct an annual audit of the evaluations of the effectiveness of the service offered. Due to limited space at the shelter, only three participants at a time can attend the DTP. DTP has a waiting list and will strive to serve as many young men as possible, in a timely manner.