About Special Treasures / CHIC
Special Treasures was created by foster youth, for foster youth, in an effort to knock out the barriers to success that are so prevalent for foster youth across America and in our community.
The original concept was developed in brainstorming sessions within the Children's Homes of Iredell County strategic planning meetings in 2011-12. The Children's Homes of Iredell County worked with youth who lived in their homes to develop a business plan of success and to design the original store.
It has since grown in scope and form to become a model for success for foster youth. It is exciting to see the success of our foster youth.... to watch them pursue their dreams and impact our community in such a positive way.
The Special Treasures store is a place where transformation is taking place every day. Designed to connect our community with the foster youth who we are responsible to care for and prepare for life, many activities are going on behind the scenes.
Our staff work with foster youth to develop their natural talents and discover occupational opportunities they wish to pursue.Youth accomplish this goal while they work in the store developing transferable work skills and building assets.
Our main goal is that every foster youth we serve, leaves our program with educational success, long term community connections, and a clear path to successful adulthood. We work with youth to knock out the barriers to success that many foster youth face on their own. Paramount to our success is the connection of foster youth with mentors who can help guide them through their early adult years.
Our program helps youth gain confidence, independence, and build a solid future for themselves by offering matching savings incentives for building assets such as the purchase of transportation and housing or higher education.