Street Outreach

Provides street-based case management to at-risk and homeless youth.

Young homeless people in Milwaukee often leave home due to violence, and once out on the street they frequently encounter even more violence and victimization.  Some also find that they are forced to trade sex for a place to live; multiple studies of homeless youth have found that 33% reported turning to “survival sex” for a safe place to sleep and food to eat within three days of becoming homeless.

“The places where she would have met me were known for sex worker. Her style and stories confirmed that she was a part of it. But she knew she could call me when she felt like she couldn’t call anyone else. She knew I would come where she was, bring her the supplies she needed, and just listen. We talked about her frustrations with the system… and her hopes for the future. We talked about her support system, how she had touched so many people throughout the years who cared about her and wanted to help her. I am honored to be a strand in this amazing web of support this young woman built as a safety net around herself.”
-Adrienne, Pathfinders staff member

Pathfinders and Walker’s Point Youth and Family Center jointly operate Milwaukee’s only homeless youth focused street outreach program, Street Beat, with the Drop-In Center serving as its home base. The three-member street outreach team travels to places where street and transient youth gather and provide advocacy, risk reduction education, survival aid resources, and assistance with accessing youth shelter services.  The outreach team was developed with an emphasis on ethnic, racial, and cultural diversity.The Street Beat team has a regular schedule of outreach sites and roving times, with specific, long-standing and recognized sites in neighborhoods in the City of Milwaukee, where they provide intensive interventions as well as safe contacts for homeless and runaway youth.

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Young homeless people in Milwaukee often leave home due to violence, and once out on the street they frequently encounter even more violence and victimization.  Some also find that they are forced to trade sex for a place to live; multiple studies of homeless youth have found that 33% reported turning to “survival sex” for a safe place to sleep and food to eat within three days of becoming homeless.

“The places where she would have met me were known for sex worker. Her style and stories confirmed that she was a part of it. But she knew she could call me when she felt like she couldn’t call anyone else. She knew I would come where she was, bring her the supplies she needed, and just listen. We talked about her frustrations with the system… and her hopes for the future. We talked about her support system, how she had touched so many people throughout the years who cared about her and wanted to help her. I am honored to be a strand in this amazing web of support this young woman built as a safety net around herself.”
-Adrienne, Pathfinders staff member

Pathfinders and Walker’s Point Youth and Family Center jointly operate Milwaukee’s only homeless youth focused street outreach program, Street Beat, with the Drop-In Center serving as its home base. The three-member street outreach team travels to places where street and transient youth gather and provide advocacy, risk reduction education, survival aid resources, and assistance with accessing youth shelter services.  The outreach team was developed with an emphasis on ethnic, racial, and cultural diversity.The Street Beat team has a regular schedule of outreach sites and roving times, with specific, long-standing and recognized sites in neighborhoods in the City of Milwaukee, where they provide intensive interventions as well as safe contacts for homeless and runaway youth.