Foundation gives Next Door $10,000

Foster teens will benefit

The Barbara Emily Knudson Charitable Foundation has awarded local nonprofit agency The Next Door a grant to provide enhanced services to 14-21-year-olds in the Columbia Gorge who are in or have recently aged out of foster care.

Young people who participate in the Independent Living Program are much more likely to make a successful transition to adulthood.

Research shows that without programs like this, foster teens often face poor educational outcomes, homelessness and jail at much higher numbers than others, according to Heidi Venture of The Next Door.

Thanks to the Barbara Emily Knudson Charitable Foundation, these young people will have a much better chance to succeed, according to Venture.

Services are provided from The Next Door’s office in The Dalles.

For more information, visit www.nextdoorinc.org or contact Bill Marick at 541-296-8118, ext. 206, or Heidi Venture at 541-436-0303.

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