At Vita Nova, we want to give youth a second chance, at "a new life". "We help young adults transition to independence by providing a stable, nurturing environment that includes housing, counseling, and education." It is our mission to provide a safe place for young adults to get help when they do not have anywhere to turn for school, work, health care, and housing. Let us tell you a story about a starfish... One day, an old man was walking along the beach when he noticed a boy picking something up and gently throwing it into the ocean. Approaching the boy, he asked, "What are you doing?". The youth replied, "Throwing starfish back into the ocean. The surf is up and the tide is going out. If I don't throw them back, they'll die." "Son," the man said, "Don't you realize there are miles and miles of beach and hundreds of starfish? You can't possibly make a difference!" After listening politely, the boy bent down, picked up another starfish, and threw it back into the surf. Then smiling at the man, he said... "I made a difference for that one."