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

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!  Click here funeral service information.  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.

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.

Pathfinders welcomes Rosalie Manor programs & staff

Rosalie website photoPathfinders has assumed the programming activities and administrative oversight of Rosalie Manor Community and Family Services, integrating Rosalie Manor’s long-standing programs, including its home visiting program and Healthy Girls pregnancy prevention initiative, with its current services.  These integrated programming efforts are provided by the Rosalie Center for Family Engagement as a newly designated department of Pathfinders.

“Rosalie Manor is excited about the opportunity to have our committed professionals work with Pathfinders to provide a broader range of high quality programming to youth in crisis in the Milwaukee area,” said Anne Berleman Kearney Board Chair for Rosalie Manor.

Tim Baack, Pathfinders Interim President and CEO, echoes Anne’s comments, “Through this partnership, the Rosalie Center will be well positioned to continue providing effective evidence-based home visiting services and critical pregnancy prevention programming to Milwaukee’s most vulnerable youth and young adults.”

Rosalie Manor was founded by the Misericordia Sisters in 1908 as a home for unwed pregnant women and has a long history of strengthening at-risk families in Milwaukee. Former Rosalie Manor staff joined the Pathfinders team as the agency’s newest employees on January 1, 2014. Click here for more information about Rosalie Center.

Click here to read Tierra’s story about how staff from Rosalie Center and Pathfinders helped meet her needs while pregnant and homeless. Thank you to Toni Valliere with WISN Channel 12 for highlighting Pathfinders story about our recent merger with Rosalie Manor and sharing the success of Tierra.

“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 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