Q: How do I apply for Basic Needs?
A: Apply by using our online application system. Remember to fill out the “Intake Application” before applying for any JIT services.
Q: If I applied for Basic Needs last year, is my previous application still valid or do I have to apply again?
A: Youth must apply each time for Basic Needs because circumstances, eligibility, contact information, employment and educational progress, and needs may be different. Use your previous login information if you have filled out a request before.
Q: What are the requirements for help?
A: Applicants must be former foster youth, between 18-26 years old, and working or attending school or demonstrating progress toward obtaining employment or school enrollment.
Q: Will I need to provide any paperwork?
A: Applicants may be asked to provide verification of being in foster care as a child; invoices, bills, or contracts; pay stubs or proof of enrollment in school. On occasion, staff may ask for other documentation to process an application.
Q: How long until I receive notification from JIT?
A: Participants will receive a phone or email from Program Staff no later than 72 hours.
Q: What if I need help within 24 hours?
A: Basic Needs is our most popular program and our staff review applications daily. JIT provides more than 300 assists each year to participants in need. We make an effort to contact youth who are experiencing an emergency such as a broken-down vehicle as quickly as possible. If you are experiencing an emergency, it is best to contact our office and leave a message after you apply for help.
Q: What if I apply and do not receive a phone call or email within 72 hours?
A: Staff make every effort to contact applicants via telephone or email. If you have not heard from a JIT member, please call 619-683-9340 ext. 27. Sometimes applicants’ telephone numbers are out of minutes when staff make an attempt to call.
Q: What happens if my application is approved?
A: Once Program Staff have approved a request, we will set up an appointment for you to come into our office to pick up resources and receive one-on-one support from a volunteer or staff member. Applicants are required to return a receipt within 15 days of receiving a resource.
Q: Do I have to come to the office to receive help?
A: Our mission is to provide participants with resources and opportunities to connect with caring adults, and we can best facilitate this process by getting to know you in person. In addition, we have experienced resources getting lost in the mail; this is why we prefer that applicants come into our office to pick up a check, bus pass or gift card.
Q: What happens if my application is denied?
A: Program staff will evaluate each application individually and provide an explanation after processing. Youth may apply for program services in the future unless indicated otherwise by staff.
Q: Whom do I contact for more information?
A: Vanessa Davis, Youth Services Coordinator – Email: firstname.lastname@example.org – Phone: 619-683-9340 ext. 21 – Fax: 619-295-5738
Q: Can I send a note of thanks?
A: Absolutely! We encourage each and every participant to write a hand-written thank you to our donors and volunteers. JIT is a small organization and, without the support of members in the community, we would be unable to provide furnishings for our young people! Contact our office so we can help facilitate.