ABOUT READY FOR LIFE
WHO WE ARE
RFL is a solution-based skill center supporting former foster care youth in homelessness prevention, education & employment, and lifeline support networks. RFL offers a unique Educational Learning Lab program; a full-time Mental Health Counselor, through a partnership with the Pinellas County Public Defender's Office; legal services provided through the Community Law Program, supported by the St. Petersburg Bar Association; Mentor Program; Youth Council; Mommy & Me; Keys to Independence; and more.
RFL is a family environment where young people find basic needs like food & meal kits; personal & hygiene supplies; caring support; and have access to laundry and shower facilities. We understand that until immediate basic needs are met, it is nearly impossible to contemplate the future...and RFL believes that all young people deserve the opportunity for a successful future.
Ready for Life provides the support, resources, and guidance former foster care youth need to successfully
transition to adulthood.
Ready for Life assists young adults as they make the challenging transition from foster care to adulthood, preventing homelessness and helping them achieve their goals.
We are a family-like community that serves, inspires, and empowers young adults that have transitioned out of foster care to be Ready for Life.
MEET THE TEAM
Our co-founders were approached about developing a nonprofit that would focus on assisting this population through this transition and thus Ready for Life was created.
David Fischer Gerry Hogan Bud Risser – Co-Founders
ADVISORY COUNCIL MEMBERS
Mary Pat McLain (chair)
Kathy Mize, CEO
Provost, St. Petersburg College • Co-Chair RFL Advisory Council
Attorney • Co-Chair RFL Advisory Council
Commercial Partners Realty • Immediate Past Chair RFL Advisory Council
RFL Chairman of the Board of Directors
CEO & One of the Founders of RFL
SVP Strategic Planning RFL • Staff Lead RFL Advisory Council
Tournament Director Suncoast Ladies Classic
Owner Trunk Bay Designs • President Santa’s Angels
GFWC Florida Federation of Women’s Clubs Second Vice President
The Beth Dillinger Foundation
Founder Suncoast Kingfish Classic
Owner & Founder of Profiles Placement Services in Baltimore, MD • Mentor RFL • Chair of the RFL Marketing & Communications Committee
Marketing Professional, Retired
Chief Innovation Officer FSS
Re-Design Your Life Coach for Women 50’s, 60’s, 70’s • Martin & Associates
Retired, Former CEO of Caregivers Network • Founder of the Dr. David Zabrocki Dental Foundation and Program at RFL
Chief People & Culture Officer for the Tampa Bay Rays
Chief People & Community Officer for the Tampa Bay Rays
Vice President Quality Services FSS