The Runaway & Homeless Youth Program (RHYP) provides a wide variety of services to youth in need. These services include: temporary shelter, individual counseling, family counseling, outreach, case management, and a 24-hour help-line. The RHYP relies on over 40 volunteers annually to help provide these services to youth and their families. Volunteers receive 30 hours of training over a four week period before they are able to support clients. Every year, Briarpatch volunteers provide more than 10,000 hours towards this RHYP.


 The program’s primary goals include:

  • Reunite youth with their families and encourage the resolution of intra-family problems through counseling and other services
  • Help at-risk youth develop good decision-making skills
  • Prevent at-risk youth from engaging in self-destructive behaviors and activities

 2017 Impact:

  • 230 youth and their families received assessment, counseling, and case management services
  • 824 calls were received through the 24-hour crisis hotline
  • 1,247 hours of individual counseling were provided
  • 326 hours of family counseling were provided

Children of Violent Homes Project

The project’s main goal is to provide comprehensive services to all family members affected by violence in the household. Services include: crisis intervention; family counseling; violence prevention education; support and education groups for victims and perpetrators; and advocacy for family members from homes in which domestic violence is present. 

 2017 Impact:

  • 44 unduplicated clients received 108 hours of counseling
  • 29 referrals were made to program partners such as D.A.I.S., Family Service Madison and the Rainbow Project

For more information contact Nancy Gomez, Volunteer Coordinator, at 608.245.2550 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.