Being prepared as you transition into independent living is possible. Our life skills program is designed to help you become successful in practical ways.
Living on your own requires a lot—things you might overlook. These include managing your finances, interviewing for a job, cooking and maintaining a relationship with roommates. You may be excelling academically, but these other stresses in life can be overwhelming and have the potential to sabotage your progress.
The best way to learn life skills is through experience. From the first day you arrive at Fulshear, you’ll be given responsibilities designed to teach competence and self-sufficiency. Your duties will include horse care, household management, meal preparation and roommate conflict resolution. Our staff will be there to mentor and guide you in these tasks.
As you enter the independent living phase of the program, you’ll manage a personal and household budget, plan and shop for your own meals, assume household and campus leadership responsibilities and mentor new students.
In the final phases of the Fulshear program, you’ll move to the Fulshear apartments in Stafford, Texas. It’s here that you’ll continue your relationship with your Transition Specialist who will be responsible for being your biggest advocate. They’ll continue to facilitate experiences for you that will help increase your confidence, self esteem, and tolerance of uncomfortable situations and feelings. You’ll practice interviewing skills, prepare a résumé, learn personal scheduling and time management, and create a strategic plan for work and school. Living in the apartments will test your newly acquired skills in real-world situations with the benefit of staff and peer support, but without an externally managed structure to fall back on.
At this point, you’ll be living independently. You and your roommates (three per apartment) will be responsible for paying your bills, managing finances, and balancing work, school and recreation. Our mentors and therapists will help you cope with challenges, process the fears and anxieties of independent living, and achieve a balanced and manageable life. And with The Ranch less than thirty minutes away, you can return for additional therapeutic support if needed.
Toward the end of the program, you’ll create goals for the future and a plan to make them a reality. When you have the life skills, initiative, personal vision, maturity and overall wellness to transition, you’ll begin the process of stepping into the rewarding life you have designed for yourself—the life after Fulshear.