Families in Transition (FIT) is a new project of Opening Doors. The Opening Doors Board of Directors approved FIT on October 25, 2018. Its mission field includes individuals and families in the Gardere Community and South Baton Rouge.

FIT’s mission is to provide broad support for an individual or family experiencing challenges while transitioning from a difficult situation to a point where they can support themselves. Through partnerships with other groups in the community, we want to develop educational, vocational, financial, nutritional and referral services that will meet identified basic needs. We will also provide coaching and counseling in whatever areas we see are needed to help the family become self-sufficient or on the way to reach their goals over a period of no more than six months.

Each participating family will be offered support that can be provided by Opening Doors. Support may be in the form of help working toward educational goals including tutoring, career planning or job search, financial planning or education, assistance with basic food needs, and short-term financial needs. Whenever practical, non-financial assistance is preferred. Financial support is limited and prioritized to necessities. A project team manages the activities and reports back to the Board of Directors. All funding is independent of other Opening Doors activities.

Interested parties may obtain a written application. The next step is an oral interview after which time the applicants will be told whether or not they are accepted into the program.