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

  • For years, you have been providing the support needed to keep the Youth Emergency Services’ shelter open as a safe place for homeless and at-risk youth. Today, the security homeless youth feel while staying at the shelter is in jeopardy without your help. With no other options, last year 75 youth sought alternative, unsafe housing […]

  • Anger flows thru my blood Depression lives in my thoughts Pain resigns in my heart Covered in scars from head to toe Vision blurred by trauma Hesitation and second guessing Trust has been broken The feeling of abandoned and used has become normal Have made footprints in the sand but have also been forgotten Made […]

  • What is Safe Place? Safe Place is a national youth outreach and prevention program for young people in need of immediate help and safety. As a community-based program, Safe Place designates businesses and organizations as Safe Place locations, making help readily available to youth in communities across the country. Locations include: libraries, YMCA’s fire stations, […]

  • The nights I spent homeless left me feeling helpless and alone. I never imagined my life would be where it is now. Because of you, I have the security of knowing those dark days are behind me. Unfortunately, there are still hundreds of youth in our community facing homelessness every day. Youth Emergency Services never […]