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 60 volunteers annually to help provide these services to youth and their families. Volunteers receive 40 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
- 238 youth and their families received assessment, counseling, and case management services
- 1,162 calls were received through the 24-hour crisis hotline
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.
- 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