Youth Homes Incorporated

Rating: 5 stars   4 reviews

Issues: Mental Health, Human Services

Location: 1855 Olympic Blvd, Suite 225 PO Box 5759 Walnut Creek CA 94596 USA

Mission: Youth Homes, Inc. was founded in 1965 in response to the need for residential treatment services for abused and neglected children and adolescents in Contra Costa County. We operate four State-licensed, six-bed group homes serving youth between the ages of 6 and 17. We provide family centered residential treatment for approximately 100 different youngsters yearly. Our program focuses on promoting each child's strengths. Youth Homes will soon open a small non-public school. We are a family-centered agency, incorporating the child's parents and families in all phases of therapy.
Target demographics: Abused and neglected foster youth ages 6-17
Direct beneficiaries per year: 600 +
Geographic areas served: Contra Costa County
Programs: The Department of Social Services, Probation Department and Mental Health Division place children in our programs when the Superior Court decides that their parents or guardians cannot provide the minimum of security and safety. We receive ongoing referrals from these agencies as well as referrals from private insurance companies. The majority of our residents have been physically and/or sexually abused and have suffered severe neglect; many come from chaotic home environments, with crisis a routine event in their daily lives. Our goal is to reunify the child back to a healthy and supportive family. Youth Homes provides a supportive milieu in which young people can embrace a healthy self-concept, accept responsibility, acquire solid study habits, develop positive peer relationships, and learn a value system based on caring and concern for others. Our staff is trained to respond to the individual needs of our residents and their families, helping to set goals for each child. Some youth need guidance with maintaining basic hygiene and nutrition and with developing improved interpersonal skills. Others may lack the confidence and study habits necessary to academic achievement. Many of our youth and families require ongoing counseling to deal with issues of abandonment and abuse. Please visit our website at www.youthhomes.org to read about all of our programs and services.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Youth Homes is an organization that touches the heart. It reaches out to youngsters who really need help, youngsters in the Foster Care system that don’t have a chance in life without a home, the love, the care, the training, and the mentoring provided by Youth Homes . To visit these kids when they first arrive in the homes, kids who have been beaten and abused in every way possible, kids who have been dealt a bad card in life and have no idea why and no longer trust anyone, is heart wrenching.
With loving care Youth Homes rebuilds their self-esteem, ensures school attendance and provides a stable home, one they will not be turned away from, no matter what. Youth Homes teaches self-respect and responsibility and care that are provided twenty four hours a day, seven days a week by dedicated counselors.
It is overwhelming to visit with many youth who have graduated out of Youth Homes and are now living a successful, independent and meaningful life.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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I am a former Foster Dad. I know first hand how frightening and disruptive it is for young people to be taken from their home, no matter how horrible the circumstances. Many children are so traumatized and damaged that conventional foster placement won't work. Youth Homes provides a safe and caring environment for kids that don't fit anywhere else. They wrap around teh child emotional and mental health support to help them heal and grow strong. In this time, of shrinking health and welfare budgets, Youth Homes is one of very few Not For Profit organizations still delivering services that bring impact and promise to kids that have been victimized. Youth Homes Never Gives Up On A Kid!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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1 person found this review helpful

Youth Homes, a non-profit organization working with abused and neglected children and adolescents in Contra Costa County, has a wonderful mission and commitment to turn away no child. I have found them to be a well-run, low-overhead organization that has changed the lives of many children. With 40 years of service, they have one of the best track records of any organization serving foster kids in Northern California. They also have a cadre of truly high quality supporters and donors who contribute much time and funds to the youth and the organization.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

countless success stories for the youth they serve.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the wonderful people I've associated with and seeing the results for the foster kids.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-5-01

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I have been working with Youth Homes for 3 years. One of the things that drew me to the agency is their very high success rate with kids. In the foster care world, success is measured by how many children leave your program on a "planned discharge" basis. The kids served by Youth Homes and other group home agencies are those who have serious issues to address before they can return to family-based living. Leaving under a Planned Discharge means their treatment goals have been met and they are now ready for a less intensive level of services. Statewide only 50% of foster kids leave on a planned discharge basis, where as 80% of our kids depart on this basis. This is a tribute to the fine care provided by our counselors and clinicians who work with the kids while they live in our homes. They are truly dedicated, and really "never give up on a kid".

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the stories told by kids who have left our programs and are now successfully living independently.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

do exactly what they are doing

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

helping to take care of and provide for these kids whose families cannot or will not, through no fault of the kid. Everyone deserves to be cared for in their childhood.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

warm, devoted, tenacious and kind.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

-provide our kids with more than the $250 per year for clothing the state provides -help our kids through college and into a true adulthood, rather than emancipating them at 18 as the state provides.

Ways to make it better...

the state would live up to its obligations to fund the care of these kids at a descent level.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the fact that the state does not fund the care of these kids at the cost. We lose money each month on our group homes. This was not the case 10 years ago, but until last January, foster care rates had not been raised in 8 years. The 5% increase last Jan. did not come anywhere near to matching inflation over that period.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Rightly or wrongly, we, the collective population of the state, are the parents of these kids - we are all they have. It is our collective responsibility to see that they receive the care they need until they can provide for themselves.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-3-01

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