• Welcome to Black Mountain Home

    Begun by Presbyterian minister Robert Perry Smith in 1904 as Mountain Orphanage, the Home began its ministry taking in Appalachian children whose parents had died or disappeared. Today, the ministry serves youth from birth through college graduation through family foster care, residential care, transitional living, and independent living.

GradsTransitional Living

Teenagers in foster care often have a history of multiple failed placements with foster and/or adoptive families. They bring a variety of issues to residential care that are often best taught to in a same-sex, similar age environment. The Transitional Living Program teaches skills such as budgeting, cooking and nutrition, household management, vocational skills, decision-making, and personal care for youth approximately 14 years old and up. Within the positive peer culture created by the program and with the guidance of caring and skilled adults, youth can better understand their choices and learn to map their future, laying the groundwork for positive and productive lives. Upon turning 18, young adults in the Transitional Living Program can elect to sign themselves out of care or take the next step by applying for entry into the Home’s Independent Living Program.

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