The Franciscan Center – Logistics

There are many diverse ministries served by our friars throughout our Province Jurisdiction and abroad. Even though each ministry works hard to raise funds for their work, Your contributions to our friars help keep our ministries working. Sometimes we have to opportunity to really share with you, the logistics of a ministry. Fr. Joseph Bayne, OFM Conv. is the Executive Director of The Franciscan Center, in Buffalo, NY. Here are some logistics he recently shared with his confreres:

The Franciscan Center, Buffalo, was honored to receive a generous grant of $5000 in January 2017 from The Franciscan Charities Fund, of Our Lady of the Angels Province.  This grant allows us to carry on a significant part of the program at our Transitional Independent Living Program. The extensive Independent Living Skills Instruction, enhanced by the LIFE STEPS program (covering more personal and emotional issues) is one of the most significant parts of our overall ministry to runaway homeless youth.  When New York State Office of Children & Family Services comes in for  the annual on-site inspection, they are amazed and often comment:  “You really have a program. You do what you say.  As opposed to other programs, your residents are not merely laying around watching TV.”  Even if a residents stays a few weeks or few months, he leaves with some concrete living skills and life steps (emotional/personal enhancements) to better survive out in the community.

Below find:   the overview of both our Independent Living Skills and Life Steps Programs, showing the spectrum of issues and areas covered and shared by our staff with residents daily.  Then to close out this report, below, is the Summary of Success for 2016.

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Life Skills Overview

MONEY MANAGEMENT: Identifying luxuries vs. necessities, budgeting, banks & services, credit, income taxes, payroll deductions, debts.
FOOD MANAGEMENT: Deals with shopping, planning meals, cookbooks, meal preparation, food bargains, food spoilage, table manners, basic nutrition.
PERSONAL APPEARANCE: Daily hygiene & products, skin care, clothes care, laundry machines & ironing.
HEALTH: Covers exercise/physical fitness, common health problems, medical & dental insurance, doctors/appointments, medicine, drugs/alcohol/tobacco, counseling, Parenting education.
JOB PREP & SEEKING: Contains comprehensive information on the best ways for youth to find a job in sessions dealing with: Job preparation, interviews, application, job grooming / dress, transportation.
JOB MAINTENANCE: Helps youth deal with important areas of job tasks & responsibilities, employee benefits, criticism & discipline, wages/salaries/overtime, grievance procedures, employee rights, work ethics.
LEGAL SKILLS: Informs youth of their legal rights & responsibilities, lawyer/court process, contracts & leases, arrests, misdemeanors & felonies, citizenship & voting.
COMMUNITY RESOURCES: Has sessions on parks and recreation, public library, Better Business Bureau, Bureau of Vital Statistics, specialized resources.
HOUSEKEEPING: Covers house cleaning, house maintenance, conserving energy, household repairs, outside maintenance.
HOUSING: Teaches youth ways to find affordable housing, startup housing costs, landlord responsibilities & tenant rights, neighbors.
INTERPERSONAL SKILLS & PROBLEM SOLVING: Assists youth in handling everyday conversations, interactions, community services setting goals, social skills, general manners, time management, solving conflicts, anger management, peer pressure, stress management, assertiveness, decision making, bullying, hate issues, violence/gangs.
EDUCATIONAL PLANNING: Helps youth sort out educational & vocational opportunities, career exploration planning, educational forms/loans/grants, GED prep, basic computer skills.
TRANSPORTATION: Helps acquaint youth with the city’s bus tokens/passes & taxi, bicycle safety/maintenance, car purchase & insurance, maps & travel agencies, airline & train travel.
EMERGENCY & SAFETY SKILLS: Covers fire prevention & evacuation, storing cleaning materials, first aid, emergency services.

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Life Steps Overview

THE ABC’S OF EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE: This vital program outlines the key elements of emotional intelligence – Assets, Balance, and Character – as students discover they have the power to bounce back, balance emotional and academic demands, and make positive choices.
KNOWING WHO YOU ARE / VALUES: Self-knowledge, the most fundamental life step, is promoted as teens learn how to reflect on their own behavior, learn from experience, and develop the integrity and moral and spiritual character to resist peer pressure. Why values are important 1 and 2.
TAKING CHARGE: This critical program builds the emotional step of responsibility as students integrate the fundamentals of self-control:  taking charge of their emotions, coping with stress, avoiding impulsive behavior, developing self-discipline, and managing anger.
BOUNCING BACK: In this indispensable program, students learn the essentials of resiliency:  how to identify internal strengths and external support, build perseverance, and maintain a positive sense of self-worth and optimism.  The complex issues of depression and suicidal thoughts are also explored.
EMPATHY, CARING AND COMPASSION: Students explore the critical skills that make up empathy:  the importance of compassion and the moral imperative to help others in need – particularly the victims of bullying.
CREATIVE PROBLEM SOLVING: This central video presents the Life Steps Eight Point Problem-Solving Program, which teaches teens how to identify problems, deal with them forthrightly, brainstorm creative options, and choose positive solutions.
GETTING ALONG WITH OTHERS: Teens discover positive ways to assert themselves, express complaints, handle misunderstandings, and block rumors as they apply the key social skills of mediation, negotiation, active listening, and messages.
BUILDING CHARACTER: Teens develop the elements of good character as they learn to navigate complicated dilemmas of adolescence:  what to do when friends are making bad choices about drugs, stealing, lying to parents, and drinking and driving.  Moving portraits of courage and will power are spotlighted.
RESPECT: This program fosters respect as the fundamental value of democracy in a diverse society.  Barriers to respect, such as prejudice and bigotry, are explored as students learn that empathy and respect are the basis of all healthy relationships.
RESPONSIBILITY: Teens master the first rule of responsibility:  to do no harm to themselves or others as they confront difficult choices about sex.  Dependability and trustworthiness are championed as students learn to ask themselves the guiding question:  What is the most important thing I need to be doing right now?
DEVELOPING HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS: Teens learn to build their own personal support system, recognize true friends, and develop positive refusal skills.  This program also advances the critical skill of negotiating with parents.
DOING YOUR BEST: This inspirational program instills the essential skills of success:  motivation, commitment, goal setting, persistence, and the power of self-confidence and optimism.  An appreciation of excellence is stressed.

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Resident Outcome # Data

2016 Year End: The Franciscan Center program primary focus is to improve the quality of life in Body, Mind and Spirit for the young men we serve. TFC Staff follow Case Management goals established by the resident and teach daily 1 on 1 Life Skill and Life Step. This process promotes growth for a productive approach to life. Their length of stay and implementation of our instructions determine their achievements. These #’s reflect data collected from January 2016 – December 2016 the total residents served was 24.

Life Skills Achievements
19     NYS ID obtained
10     Education activity
19     Job preparation lesson
9     Working currently
19     Money management lessons
11     Debt currently
16     Budget established
7     Bank actively
11     Legal issues
14     Housing cost lessons
15     Health Insurance currently
24     Plan/preparing meals
22     Physical fitness activity
24     Personal Care – hygiene, laundry, household lessons

Life Step Achievements
7     Drug /Alcohol Counseling
5     Mental Health Counseling
24     Adult mentor active / Case Management
23     Goals set short/long
23     Organized daily routine
23     Planned weekly schedule
18     Spiritual exploration
24     Study/quiet time
20     Decision making lessons
16     Quality relationships
24     Time management lessons
22     Emotional maturity/social interactions

Respectfully submitted,
Friar Joseph Bayne, OFM Conv.
Executive Director
1/25/17 (Conversion of St. Paul)