Youth Shelter

One of Wisconsin's largest and longest serving programs for runaway and homeless youth, ages 11-17.

Pathfinders Youth Shelter Program provides emergency housing resources and supportive services to over 200 youth annually. Nearly 150 additional youth receive counseling and resources to prevent them from running away or becoming homeless. Positive Youth Development, as promoted by the program’s Federal RHY funding, serves as the foundation of the Youth Shelter Program, and peer youth advocates serve as key members of the paid and volunteer staff who together provide 24-hour services every day of the year.

“James was a 13 year old staying at the shelter while the bureau investigated abuse in his home with his guardian. He played the violin and would practice each day before going to school. He was such a joyful young person to have around it was heartbreaking for us to imagine the abuse he had come from and experienced in his life. James is now a regular on Sundays, sharing a meal, enjoying group with familiar staff and peers and playing basketball.”
-Katie Hamm, Pathfinders VP of Housing
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Pathfinders Youth Shelter Program provides emergency housing resources and supportive services to over 200 youth annually. Nearly 150 additional youth receive counseling and resources to prevent them from running away or becoming homeless. Positive Youth Development, as promoted by the program’s Federal RHY funding, serves as the foundation of the Youth Shelter Program, and peer youth advocates serve as key members of the paid and volunteer staff who together provide 24-hour services every day of the year.

“James was a 13 year old staying at the shelter while the bureau investigated abuse in his home with his guardian. He played the violin and would practice each day before going to school. He was such a joyful young person to have around it was heartbreaking for us to imagine the abuse he had come from and experienced in his life. James is now a regular on Sundays, sharing a meal, enjoying group with familiar staff and peers and playing basketball.”
-Katie Hamm, Pathfinders VP of Housing