EMPOWERING YOUTH IN CRISIS TO MAKE POSITIVE LIFE CHOICES.

For many young people, maps to guide them to a successful future are often difficult to find. Choosing the right path is a challenge. Wrong turns happen. Detours are not uncommon.

For youth confronted by crisis and trauma, it can seem like no one cares and that there are few role models to show them the way. At Pathfinders, we empower youth and young adults by providing them with emotional support, resources for basic needs, and tangible tools for a fresh start. Our team of 70 employees and over 120 volunteers work together to reassure them that they matter, so that they can change the direction of their lives.

We understand that real change, especially for youth in crisis, starts from within.

Our Services

HOUSING SERVICES
Emergency Youth Shelter
Q-BLOK
COMMUNITY SERVICES
Drop-In Center
Street Outreach
Prevention Education Programs
Hand-in-Hand
EDUCATION
Southeastern Education Center
FAMILY ENGAGEMENT
Rosalie Center for Family Engagement

NEWS & EVENTS

COMMITTED TO RUNAWAY, HOMELESS & TRAUMATIZED YOUTH

Tim_Baack_0215Pathfinders Board of recently named Tim Baack as Pathfinders’ President and CEO after successfully serving as Interim President/CEO since December 2013. Board Chair Tom Koplin noted Tim’s exceptional and successful leadership of the organization, as well as his locally and nationally recognized commitment to runaway, homeless, and traumatized youth. For a copy of the public announcement, click here.

One of Tim’s most significant projects is his work on a federally-funded demonstration project with key staff from the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families (DCF). Click here for more information.

Make a gift and make a difference on Match Day

You can make a difference on MATCH DAY!!  Pathfinders is one of many organizations participating this year – and we depend on support raised on Match Day to meet the basic needs of hundreds of runaway and homeless youth in the Milwaukee area. Click here to make a gift on March 19th or to schedule your gift in advance! Your gift of $10.00 or more will be proportionately matched by the Greater Milwaukee Foundation.

Your support will help support Pathfinders work to empower youth in crisis to make positive life choices!!

 

Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Prevention Act Passes Through Senate Judiciary Committee

On September 18, 2014, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee voted S. 2646, the Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Prevention Act (RHYTPA) out of committee with a very strong vote, 15 ayes and 3 nays. RHYTPA was introduced in the Senate on July 23, 2014 by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Senator Susan Collins (R-ME). RHYTPA reauthorizes the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (RHYA) (42 U.S.C. 5701 et seq.) which is celebrating its 40th year anniversary this year and was last reauthorized in 2008.

Click here for the full article.

“How do you sleep at night?”

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Do you remember the lifelike images of sleeping homeless teens attached to billboards, bus shelters and storefronts several years ago? And the jarring messages?

“While you’re warm in bed, remember hundreds of teens aren’t.”

“Maybe more teens would have a safe place to sleep if the rest of us woke up.”

“Someone who is homeless and trying to survive on the street is an image that is very compelling,” says Tim Baack, Pathfinders President/CEO. “Our campaign included a lot of powerful imagery, which is one of the best ways to capture people’s attention.”

Disruptive Forces In Action: Branding Causes, Not Organizations, just published by the Alliance for Children & Families, discusses how Pathfinders continues to benefit from the exposure of a 2008 marketing campaign, created by Serve Marketing, that was branded by the cause and not the organization.

Pathfinders continues to provide services to thousands of homeless teens in Milwaukee every year who require basic needs, emotional support, and tools for success. Click here to learn how you can help.

 

LOCATIONS

Pathfinders
4200 North Holton St.
Suite 400
Milwaukee, WI 53212
Phone: 414-964-2565
Fax: 414-964-0102
TDD: 414-964-4633
info@pathfindersmke.org
Drop-In Center
4200 North Holton St.
Suite 400
Milwaukee, WI 53212
Phone: 414-964-2565
Fax: 414-964-0102
TDD: 414-964-4633
info@pathfindersmke.org
Rosalie Center
4200 North Holton St.
Suite 400
Milwaukee, WI 53212
Phone: 414-964-2565
Fax: 414-964-0102
TDD: 414-964-4633
info@pathfindersmke.org
Emergency
Youth Shelter

1614 East Kane Pl.
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Phone: 414-271-1560
Fax: 414-271-1831
Safepath Hotline:
414-271-9523 or
866-212-SAFE (7233)
Southeastern
Education Center

225 W. Capitol Drive
Milwaukee, WI 53212
Phone: 414-875-9452
Fax: 414-875-9004