Drop-In Center

Providing basic needs assistance to at-risk and homeless youth in Milwaukee.

Homeless teens and young adults in Milwaukee face some of the most staggering odds in the country in attaining safe, stable, supportive housing given the city’s ongoing challenges in the education, employment, and economic sectors. Combined with the high rates of sexual assault and exploitation of young people, many of whom are trading sex for shelter, the environment is uniquely risky even among other large urban environments.

“Courtney came to Pathfinders suffering from severe depression and psychosis.  She had been kicked out of ALL the shelters in Milwaukee.  As a result she was living on the streets.  Feeling hopeless and tired, she wanted to give up.  After receiving support from her Pathfinders case manager and connections to resources, Courtney has been able to move forward with her life.”
-Drop-In Center Case Manager

Among the 400 (or more) youth who access our Drop-In Center services each year, all youth receive access to basic needs assistance, such as food, bus tickets, hygiene, clothing, and/or laundry and shower facilities.  As on-going members of the Center, at least half these young people participate in intensive case management services which involve a variety of programs focusing on the areas of employment, education, independent living skills and social support services.The Drop-In Center hosts a number of programs that benefit youth who may or may not be members, including Street Beat, prevention education, youth anti-violence advocacy and Project O-YEAH.

Pathways To Employment

Pathways to Employment is a Drop-In Center program designed to support youth with obtaining and maintaining employment. Our goal is to meet youth where they are in terms of employment skills, and tailor support to their level of job readiness while working towards their employment goals. Young people are able to sign up for internal group and individual internal supported employment style projects and receive an incentive for their participation. All participants are able to experience a variety of  employment skill building opportunities such as payroll expectations, performance feedback, effective communication, and understanding workplace triggers. Participants of Pathways to Employment are also able to receive support and advocacy with external employers including mediation, on the job observation, and continued mentoring and skill building. Pathways to Employment provides employment coaching for individuals and groups, to create ongoing support for young people to be successful in achieving their employment goals. 

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Homeless teens and young adults in Milwaukee face some of the most staggering odds in the country in attaining safe, stable, supportive housing given the city’s ongoing challenges in the education, employment, and economic sectors. Combined with the high rates of sexual assault and exploitation of young people, many of whom are trading sex for shelter, the environment is uniquely risky even among other large urban environments.

“Courtney came to Pathfinders suffering from severe depression and psychosis.  She had been kicked out of ALL the shelters in Milwaukee.  As a result she was living on the streets.  Feeling hopeless and tired, she wanted to give up.  After receiving support from her Pathfinders case manager and connections to resources, Courtney has been able to move forward with her life.”
-Drop-In Center Case Manager

Among the 400 (or more) youth who access our Drop-In Center services each year, all youth receive access to basic needs assistance, such as food, bus tickets, hygiene, clothing, and/or laundry and shower facilities.  As on-going members of the Center, at least half these young people participate in intensive case management services which involve a variety of programs focusing on the areas of employment, education, independent living skills and social support services.The Drop-In Center hosts a number of programs that benefit youth who may or may not be members, including Street Beat, prevention education, youth anti-violence advocacy and Project O-YEAH.

Pathways To Employment

Pathways to Employment is a Drop-In Center program designed to support youth with obtaining and maintaining employment. Our goal is to meet youth where they are in terms of employment skills, and tailor support to their level of job readiness while working towards their employment goals. Young people are able to sign up for internal group and individual internal supported employment style projects and receive an incentive for their participation. All participants are able to experience a variety of  employment skill building opportunities such as payroll expectations, performance feedback, effective communication, and understanding workplace triggers. Participants of Pathways to Employment are also able to receive support and advocacy with external employers including mediation, on the job observation, and continued mentoring and skill building. Pathways to Employment provides employment coaching for individuals and groups, to create ongoing support for young people to be successful in achieving their employment goals.