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

FACES OF THE FUTURE EVENT

FACES

Why is it that the windshield of a car is so big & the rearview mirror is so small?

Because our past is not as important as our future. We look ahead & keep moving on.

Please join our youth at FACES OF THE FUTURE for BREAKFAST (8-9am) or LUNCH (12-1pm) on Wednesday, November 5th at the Italian Community Center at 631 E. Chicago Street, Milwaukee.   You will hear about how they are learning and growing from their past and moving forward. By moving forward, their view of the past is small compared to the vast future that lies ahead for them! Click here for more information.

Register for BREAKFAST (8-9am) or for LUNCH (12-1pm) DEADLINE EXTENDED TO NOVEMBER 1st!

For more information or questions about registration, please call 414-988-6947 or email development@pathfindersmke.org

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.

Make Miracles Happen!

Miracle on Canal Street is Potawatomi Hotel & Casino’s signature community program. Half of each $3 Miracle bingo game purchased goes to the Miracle fund, which totaled nearly $1 million last year and provided funding to children’s charities in southeastern Wisconsin. You can help give the gift of a promising future by playing now through December 11. Visit paysbig.com/miracle.

Miracle on Canal Street

UNAUTHORIZED SOLICITATIONS

Pathfinders has recently been notified that several individuals have been seen soliciting cash donations for Pathfinders at public locations. PLEASE BE AWARE THAT PATHFINDERS HAS NOT AUTHORIZED THIS ACTIVITY! If you discover anyone soliciting cash donations in this manner, please contact us directly at development@pathfindersmke.org or 414-964-2565. To ensure your donations go to help youth in crisis served by Pathfinders, please visit our website at www.pathfindersmke.org.

Founding SYFS Executive Director John “Jack” Molenaar passes away

John MolenaarIt is with deep sadness that we have learned that John “Jack” Molenaar, founding Executive Director of Southeastern Youth & Family Services, passed away on Monday, September 15, 2014 after a year-long battle with multiple myeloma.

He retired from Southeastern in June 2010 after 37 years of dedication and leadership since Southeastern’s inception in 1973.  Under John’s leadership, dedicated Southeastern staff served well over 5,500 children, at-risk youth and their families. Throughout the years he remained committed to Southeastern’s caring approach through its motto: “Children are Our Concern”. Without John’s compassion and concern the lives of many young people would be a lot different today! Our condolences go out to his family.

John’s legacy in our community lives on through Southeastern’s merger with Pathfinders in 2012 and the continuation of our middle school, Southeastern Education Center.

“How do you sleep at night?”

Disruptive_Forces

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 Interim 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
Southeastern
Education Center

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