Sheltering Children

About

Growing up is challenging in the best of circumstances and overwhelming when situations are adverse. Many run away or are displaced by families who can’t cope with the problems. With an eye toward resolving the crisis and providing long-term stability, Waymakers works with families and leverages community resources to create healthier situations at home.

Crisis Residential Services

An innovative program providing immediate shelter care as an alternative to hospitalization for teens struggling with mental health issues.

Homeless and Runaway Services

A caring and healing home which provides emergency shelter for runaway, homeless, abused, and at-risk youth ages 11-17

Program Goals

  • Safe shelter in a positive home-like setting
  • Emotional stability through individual, group and family counseling
  • Problem solving and life skills development
  • Integration of healthy habits and coping skills
  • Improvement in educational achievements
  • Family re-unification

Testimonials

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“I am a different person from who I was 8 months ago, and I give thanks to my immediate family, my chosen family, and of course the Shelter. To the amazing staff members and therapists, who helped guide me in this time of need. to the volunteers and ukulele teachers thank you for showing your love and support and helping me improve my skills on the ukulele. And also to the therapy dogs for giving me comfort, happiness and slobber all over my sweater. Thank you. There are not enough words or things that I can do or say that will describe how much I appreciate everything. So maybe I could just sing.”

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