Mother Teresa once said that “Peace begins with a smile.” At the heart of peace is the well-being of youth. It is crucial that we do all that we can to support all young people – to make sure they are safe, loved, and supported. In December 2016, the Luginbill Children’s Foundation launched long-term plans to start the Smile House in Eau Claire.
“Smile” stands for Support System, Mentoring, Independent Living, and Education. The Smile Program has multiple components, including our flagship Smile House, which will be a transitional living program for teenagers experiencing homelessness and youth aging out of foster care. Currently, these young people are often “placeless” within our community.
We are creating this program “with” young people, not “for,” “at,” or “to” them, as they are our greatest stakeholder and deserve to be in the driver’s seat of their own life.
If you would like to become involved with the Smile House and its planning, please fill out the contact form and include “Smile House” in the subject line.
To make a donation to support the Smile House, please click here.