Shelton Family Center (SFC) recognizes and implements there is not a “one size box” for youth; it is their life and therefore must be their direction. SFC plans to bring more programs to the center and Mason County within the coming years. Community and individual support will be and are vital to us bringing these plans to light. So, please consider donating your time and/or money to help us, help the youth of Mason County.
2019 Center Goals
Move into the new building
SFC has negotiated to move into a 6000 sq. ft building in downtown Shelton. We are focusing on the front half for the drop-in center, expanding to the back half as we grow the programs and fiscally can increase space.
(3 year-goal is to open a HOPE/CRC in the upstairs area once we have built a strong program and raised funding.)
Remodel Drop-in Center
Limited staff significantly impacts hours of operation and the number of youths age 12 to 24 the Drop-In center can identify and engage. SFC hours of operation will be reflective of youth needs and schedule for the ½ time case manager and volunteers creating a safe environment for staff and clients. These times can increase as the center grows. SFC partners with other providers to create a resource and referral access point for youth. We will serve 50 youth at the center by the end of the year, doubling this number by end of next year, enroll more than 30% in coordinated entry and clients where diversion is possible to have 90% or greater success rate.
Let the makeover begin!
Post Makeover! The new home of Shelton Youth Connection Drop-In Center!
Expand TCP (The Connection Point)
We will continue to engage youth in the current schools with an average attendance of 45 to 60 students weekly. SFC will expand to add 2 additional schools in Mason County and North Mason serving ages 12 to 19 or enrolled in school. Hire a Half time Outreach Specialist increasing to full time as funds are increased. (hours will be split 9:30 to 1 at schools increasing to 2 to 6 doing outreach). Until the funds are increased SFC will increase volunteers to meet this need. SFC will partner with McKinney-Vento liaisons and the schools to increase time at the schools and better identify and engage homeless youth to provide services and diversion. Increase one additional school by end of December 2019, and increase attendance by 50% or greater.
Identify and engage youth age 12 to 24-year old who identify as homeless or at-risk of homelessness in the community. Provide services and utilize diversion skills when homeless youth are identified. Outreach services will require higher concentration during the summer months and school vacations at parks, storefronts, library, etc.; by providing sack lunches, hygiene items and information on SFC. Expanding services as financial able to include but not limited to; after-hours hotline/text phone, expand staff hours, purchase a van better serve the needs of the youth with transportation service.
Expand Drop-in Center:
Hire additional Housing specialist which focuses on Diversion and housing needs of homeless youth 12 to 24. A complete second phase of remodels for showers and laundry service.
Expand services of the drop-in center, add life skills training/classes to better understand being a tenant, budgeting, shopping, and other essential skills to be stable in a home, job training/employment assistance. As well as form a life after a program created from needs shared by clients to establish support groups dealing with life’s challenges, and provide mentoring to increase trust between youth and adults.