Emergency Shelter

Residential emergency shelter is open 24/7 for youth ages 12-18. Youth are assigned a bad and a locker for the duration of their stay.

Case Management

Case Management is a tool that helps the youth set goals, coordinate with appropriate resources, monitor and reassess, and advocate on behlaf of the youth to achieve these set goals.

Transportation Program

Transportation is crucial for the youth to attend school, employment and extracurricular activites. We provide bus tokens, bus passes and transportation via van.


Therapy interventions are available to any youth in shelter, including: individual therapy, group therapy, and family therapy.

Drop-In Services

Drop-in services are available to any youth ages 12-18. Drop-in services allow for the youth to access food, clothing, hygiene items, laundry facilities, computer stations and case management. Drop-in hours are 6:30am to 8:00pm every day of the week.

Meals are provided at 6:30 am, 12:00pm and 6:00pm, with soups and snacks available all day. Food bags and sasck lunces are provided for youth to take whenever needed. Youth may also access basic necessities, therapy, case management and connection to medical care.
Youth Future's overall programming is divided into three main areas: overnight shelter, drop-in services and street outreach. Each program area has specific components to meet the needs of youth in need in the following categories:

1) Outreach
2) Crisis Response
3) Intervention
4) Aftercare

One of our goals, whenever possible, is to reunite the youth with their family or with kinship care.

The Youth Futures Shelter

Youth Futures provides a home-like setting with 14 beds available in three rooms for youth ages 12-18 needing emergency and temporary shelter. Youth are assigned to a room with their same gender that contains bunk-beds, linens and wardrobe lockers for personal items. The facility also includes a kitchen, multi-purpose/dining area, a living room, a family room, computer lab, a single-use bathroom and outside courtyard (within a fenced area). The front and back doors have entry which is controlled by staff members.

Intensive case management is offered to help youth become re-united with family or self-sufficiently contributing to our community. Our programs connect each youth, on an individual basis, with resources to build the skills that are needed to support a healthy future. Transportation is provided for the youth to attend school, employment, and extracurricular activities. We provide bus tokens, bus passes, and transportation via van.

The shelter is open 24 hours per day, with drop-in hours available from 6:30am to 8pm.

Shelter Continuum

• Strategic partnerships and community referrals
• Child welfare providers (DCFS, CPS, JJS)
• Homeless service providers (Lantern Hoouse, Road HOme, VOA)
• Government (WFS, HHS)
• Media

Crisis Response
• Overnight shelter
• Basic needs (food, water, hygiene)
• Intake
• Suicide assessment
• Healthcare assessment
• Resource room access

• Staff supervision
• Case management/individualized case plan
• Therapy - individual, family
• Support group
• Healthcare access
• Life skills classes
• Placement - family reunification, housing, employment

• Ongoing drop-in service
• Follow-up case management (6 months)

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