Mission: Youth & family services, inc. Provides emergency shelter, counseling, and delinquency prevention, independent living, and education programs tochildren with special needs and at risk youth.
Programs: Community based youth services yfs works within the community to shelter, mentor, educate, and empower all youth, especially children in crisis, and those who suffer from emotional or developmental delays. Yfs emergency youth shelter provides safety and security in a nuturing environment to abused, neglected and/or homeless children and youth in department of human services (dhs) or office of juvenile affairs (oja) custody. Counseling and health screenings are provided, and educational and recreational opportunities are emphasized. The shelter has capacity for 10 children at a time, and about 250 children receive shelter from yfs each year.
counseling servicesperson-centered counseling services promote emotional stability and posititve behaviors in more than 2,000 individuals and families in the community each year, including children residing in the emergency shelter and those participating in other yfs programs. Yfs provides both crisis intervention services and treatment for ongoing behavioral and emotional disorders and substance abuse and dependency. Yfs counseling programs include outreach school-based counseling, first-offender program, community at-risk services (cars) for youth in the juvenile system, and family counseling
transitional living(tlp) provides housing and life-skills training for youth and young adults 16-21 who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Housing is the foundation for comprehensive program designed to promote healthy lifestyles, financial independence, and job readiness. At-risk and homeless youth in blaine county receive tutoring and counseling services and access to vital resources at the spot, a recreational facility where they can also do laundry, have a cooking lesson, and participate in job-training and self-sufficiency classes. The maternity group home provides housing and comprehensive services for young mothers and their children each year. Yfs innovative bee's knees program promotes self-sufficiency through enterpreneurship for young adults with autism and developmental disabilities.