One year ago, the shelter opened 24/7/365 to meet the needs of youth in crisis in our community. As the saying goes, "build it and they will come", and they have. While we hate the fact that there are youth in our community who need these services, we are so grateful that through your generous support, we have been able to provide them with the support and services they desperately need.
From January through November of 2016
455 Youth have been Positively Impacted by the Shelter
100 Youth Stayed Overnight for 7.4 Nights on Average
39 Youth Received Counseling (did not stay overnight)
316 Text and Phone for Help Calls were Answered and Helped
Who are these Youth?
46% Male / 54% Female
Average Age: 15.4
15% from Eden Prairie
7% from Lake Minnetonka Area
6% from Chaska and Chanhassen
6% from Shakopee
3% from Waconia
16% from Hennepin County
What Reasons have been given for using this Program?
88% Negative Household Dynamics
55% impacted by Mental Health in Home
24% Neglected or Abused
21% Alcohol or Drugs
17% Trouble at School
57 Youth Turned Away - 18 and 19 years old (licensed only for 10-17)
What is Next for 2017?
The first year of the pilot is complete. Our goals for the two-year pilot are threefold: 1. Validate the need, 2. Validate the program, and 3. Develop a long term, sustainable solution, based upon data gathered in the pilot.
We have gone a long way toward validating the need as well as learning some valuable things about what is needed to address the need long term. Based upon these results, we have anticipated a few key changes in the second year,
- Consideration of adding ages 18-19 to the program
- Considering changing the service provider to better position us for the long term
- Completion of a long term plan for sustainability of the project in our community
We look forward to meeting the needs of youth in crisis in our community in 2017.
THANK YOU to our donors, supporters, and volunteers for all they have done to make this program possible.