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Building a New Home for Wellroot’s Residential Programs

By October 1, 2022July 19th, 2024No Comments

When teenagers in foster care turn 18, they have the option to stay in state care and receive supportive services that will help them make the challenging transition toward independence.  However, these courageous, brave youth often do not have a family support network and need assistance establishing a path towards successful adult lives.

In June 2022, Wellroot Family Services purchased a property on East Lake Drive with plans to provide housing for young adults currently in our Transition and Independent Living Program and, potentially, young families in our Family Housing Program.

“We chose the Oakhurst property because of its close proximity to jobs, public transportation, and its location in the vibrant Oakhurst community,” Wellroot CEO Allison Ashe said.  “We are excited about this new property.  It is an ideal location for the young adults we serve.  Our long-term plans include remodeling the existing single-family home in the center to create a commons area that we can use for resident activities and life skills training.”

Remodeling Plans

Plans are underway to update the property in preparation for its new residents. Phase one, which began in October 2022, included roof installation, foundation repairs, safety improvements, and other cosmetic enhancements. Phase two, which begins July 2024, will include remodeling the existing footprint to create a community services building, upgrading the individual apartments, and other enhancements that will reflect the character of the surrounding neighborhood.

“The property is centrally located in the beautiful Oakhurst neighborhood near downtown Decatur and is in close proximity to our offices in Tucker,” said Ashe.  “We believe housing the young adults together in one complex will create a more loving and nurturing environment.”

Wellroot’s residential programs serve young adults ages 18-24 who were previously in foster care, as well as young families who need stable housing.  The programs provide support services, including ongoing life skills development, financial literacy, tutoring, and career development.  To learn more about our programs, visit www.Wellroot.org/our-programs.


About Our Residential Programs

Transitional and Independent Living Programs

We shepherd young adults as they transition from foster care to adulthood. Our programs provide 24-hour support as well as community-based housing to each youth.  Wellroot offers ongoing life skills development, including financial literacy, tutoring, personal development, career development and education about nutrition and health. As part of both programs, we guide residents through the process of earning their high school diploma or GED and offer assistance entering college or trade school. Learn more

Family Housing Program

Families accepted into our program are serious about leveraging the support we offer and gaining the skills needed to ensure their long-term sustainability upon completion of our program. We provide housing and financial assistance to these families, removing the barrier of homelessness by helping them move toward self-sufficiency. We offer courses in parenting, financial management, career coaching, and personal development among others, as well as help with continuing education. Upon graduation from our program, families have at least $1,000 in savings and steady employment. Learn more.


Our Residents’ Stories

“Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life. Tiptoe if you must, but take a step.” This summer, we have 3 special graduations to celebrate! Read more.

We are so proud of Raekwon, ILP graduate, for his dedication to achieving his degree in banking, and graduated from Morehouse May 2022. Read more.

On September 30, 2021 two months after transitioning from our program Kiara bought her first HOME! Read more.

As a first-generation American, Grace entered TLP unsure of her future. That’s when Wellroot’s team wrapped around her and became a second family for Grace. Read more.

Maria didn’t let her circumstance become an excuse. Determined to graduate on time, with perseverance and hard work, she graduated high school. Read more.