Our Mission and Vision

Mission & History

Our Mission:

To serve homeless and at-risk youth by providing critically-needed resources which empower them to become self-sufficient.

Basically, we help youth in crisis get back on their feet in whatever ways we can. After meeting their immediate needs for food, shelter, clothing and safety, we create a support system which helps them flourish.

Our Vision:

We envision a community which understands and embraces its youth, creating an environment where youth homelessness no longer exists.

How We Operate:

We are committed - to our youth, to our cause, and to our supporters.

We are passionate - we strive to assist our youth in any way we can, because we feel compelled to make a difference.

We are a team - ending youth homelessness must be a joint effort. Our staff, partners and volunteers work toward our mission together.

What We Care About:

Human worth - every person deserves respect, empathy and grace. Every person deserves an opportunity to succeed.

Trust - we cannot successfully serve our youth without building trust and without trusting in each other.

Diversity - no two youth are the same. We approach each youth and his or her situation with an individualized response, respecting each youth's needs, goals, thoughts and feelings.

Growth - we set goals. We help our youth set goals. And we work diligently to achieve success.

 

In the News

  • Tip Top Thrift Shop

      Tip Top has been a staple in the Benson area for many years. Here are a few things that make this thrift shop one not to miss on your next shopping trip. 1. The merchandise is constantly changing. Tip Top receives donations every day, and they are all priced to sell. The key to finding the best […]

  • Safe Place

    If a youth has ever been in a dangerous situation, they need to know about Safe Place. If a teen is the victim of assault or violence, they need to know about Safe Place. If any young person is ever afraid to return home, they need to know about Safe Place.  What is Safe Place? […]

  • Poem by Anonymous

      Picture and poem by a current YES youth.  

  • Street Out Reach Program: Lonnie’s Story

    Lonnie’s life has had many different paths, and for a long time it didn’t have a clear direction. At the age of 7, Lonnie was adopted. He had parents, siblings, and a place to call home. But all of that quickly changed after he turned 18. It was at that time his parents decided that […]