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  • Title: Wisconsin Association for Homeless and Runaway Services | Home Page
    Descriptive info: .. Home.. About WAHRS.. Wisconsin Homeless and Runaway Youth Programs.. Wisconsin Transitional Living Programs.. Wisconsin Second Chance Homes.. AmeriCorps.. Street Outreach.. Related Sites.. Resources for Programs.. Program Sharing.. Board of Directors.. Welcome!.. The mission of WAHRS is to provide the best, most efficient, and effective services to runaway and homeless youth, including those who are pregnant and/or parenting.. WAHRS, through a cooperative, strategically organized system between private member agencies, provides programs that strengthen families, prevent family dissolution, promote self-sufficiency, and assure safe, stable, and supportive homes for youth, young parents and their children.. Click side links for more information or email.. Patricia Balke.. , Executive Director.. Quaneisha Goodwill,  ...   old, young lady who was born and raised in Milwaukee, WI.. She is a junior at Milwaukee High School of the Arts.. Quaneisha is currently a Peer Advocate at Pathfinders, and Has been involved with Pathfinders for over 3 years.. She is a strong voice for the youth in need of services through our runaway and homeless programs throughout the state of Wisconsin.. Through empowering other youth at our shelter Quaneisha has been able to excel in school despite life’s challenges.. To Volunteer for WAHRS or to make a donation, please contact Patricia Balke at:.. pbalke@sbcglobal.. net.. WAHRS.. Patricia Balke.. net.. 608-241-2649.. copyright 2010, daveharrison.. all rights reserved..

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  • Title: Wisconsin Association for Homeless and Runaway Services | About WAHRS
    Descriptive info: Wisconsin Association for Homeless and Runaway Services.. Why we're here.. Each year over 26,000 Wisconsin Families are confronted with a profound crisis — the running away of their child.. Young people run away from home for a variety of reasons.. In most instances, they leave because of a family conflict, typically by lack of communication.. Other times, they are forced out of their homes by parents or leave to escape sexual or physical abuse.. Returning a youth to this environment without an attempt at resolution can result in more runaway episodes, continuing family conflict, or even more tragic consequences.. With the exception of some special cases, changes in the law have shifted responsibility for relieving this crisis from the juvenile justice system to the individual, family, and voluntary agencies.. The Wisconsin Association for Homeless and Runaway Services, formed in 1979, is a coalition of community based, voluntary, non-profit agencies.. The Association’s members provide preventive and crisis counseling, temporary shelter, and referral services to these troubled youth.. Family counseling is also provided to bring about reconciliation with parents whenever possible.. Program services are available on a walk-in basis, as well as through 24 hour crisis hotlines.. The programs present young people with an opportunity to sort out problems and begin building more productive relationships with parents, friends, school, and community.. To identify, inform, and bring together a broad  ...   regulations that will improve services to runaway and homeless youth.. Through monitoring resolutions, committees, and legislative initiatives that affect runaways and their families.. Through policy analysis of legislation and regulations impacting adolescents and youth serving community based organizations.. Through issue alerts providing timely information regarding state and federal issues pertaining to runaway and homeless youth.. Through representation of concerns common to community based agencies serving youth to steering committees, task forces, and national organizations.. To provide mutual support, technical assistance, and information among runaway services and homes for pregnant and parenting teens.. Through research and evaluation, WAHRS provides data collection of member outcomes and statistics in order to keep membership informed of developments that may affect services to youth.. Annual conferences, quarterly meetings, skill building workshops, and training events provide direct service providers and nonprofit managers an opportunity for networking and education.. By serving as an information clearinghouse, answering questions and providing resources to the media, government officials, nonprofit service providers, students and other interested parties information regarding youth in crisis, and runaway and homeless youth, including those who are pregnant or parenting.. To secure adequate funding to maintain runaway services and homes for pregnant and parenting teens.. Through the exploration of funding sources for members.. Through the development and implementation of a statewide funding formula for runaway programs.. For more information, email:.. Patricia Balke, Executive Director..

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  • Title: WAHRS | Wisconsin Runaway Programs
    Descriptive info: Wisconsin Runaway Programs.. A runaway service facility provides temporary shelter and crisis intervention counseling services to runaways and other youth in crisis.. Crisis intervention counseling is also provided for parents and families.. Agencies make every effort to encourage family members to participate with youth in counseling.. Runaway programs accept self-referrals and voluntary referrals from youth, caregivers, families, and agencies with youth free to discontinue use of service to any time.. Crisis intervention services are available to any youth or parent requesting assistance.. All services are free of charge and available on a 24 hour basis.. Runaway programs act to prevent runaway episodes by follow up, aftercare, and preventative activities.. Programs involve service linkages with youth serving public and private sector agencies, insuring cooperative relations and effective referrals.. The runaway program must have plans for meeting the best interests of the youth involving, whenever possible, both the youth and caregivers.. In runaway programs, a unique counselor-client relationship is established, which stresses the qualities of trust and confidentiality.. Youth make their own decisions in a supportive environment with appropriate advice as to their alternatives.. Map of Program Locations.. Position mouse over each hub city to find program location and contact information.. Each hub serves a 40 mile radius.. List of Program Locations.. Wisconsin Runaway Programs.. Appleton:.. Greg Lemke-Rochon.. Boys and Girls Clubs of the Fox Valley, Inc.. 160 South Badger Ave.. Appleton, WI 54914-5228.. Office: (920) 731-0555.. Hotline: (920) 731-0557.. Fax: (920) 968-2716.. (Outagamie, Winnebago 40%).. glemkerochon@bgclubfoxvalley.. org.. tbohrer@bgclubfoxvalley.. Dodgeville:.. Alyssa Divine.. LSS-RAYS Dodgeville.. Plymouth Congregational Church.. 115 W.. Merrimac Street.. Dodgeville, WI 53533.. Office: (608) 935-9235.. Hotline: 1-855-LSS-RAYS.. Fax: (608) 935-9044.. (Crawford, Grant, Green, Iowa, Lafayette).. Alyssa.. divine@lsswis.. Eau Claire:.. Jen Kronenberg.. LSS-RAYS Eau Claire.. 120 South Barstow.. Eau Claire, WI 54701.. Office: (715) 832-2221.. Fax: (715) 833-8423.. (Clark, Chippewa, E.. Claire, Rusk).. jennifer.. kronenberg@lsswis.. Green Bay:.. Christiana Vanseth.. Family Services of NE WI.. 300 Crooks Street / POB 22308.. Green Bay, WI 54305-2308.. Office: (920) 436-4360 x 1287.. Hotline: (920) 436-8888.. Fax: (920) 436-4376.. (Brown).. cvanseth@familyservicesnew.. Gresham:.. Shannon Wilber / Mark Fuller.. Maehnowesekiyah Treatment Cr.. 2150 Kesaehkahtek.. Gresham, WI 54128.. Office: (715) 799-3835.. Hotline: (800) 474-6689.. Fax: (715) 799-3836.. (Statewide Native American).. swilber@mitw.. mfuller@mitw.. Janesville.. : Jaime Birkholz.. LSS-RAYS Rock County.. 612 North Randall Avenue.. Janesville, WI 53545.. Office: (608) 752-7660.. Beloit: (608) 362-6629.. Fax: (608) 752-9788.. (Rock).. Jaime.. birkholz@lsswis.. Kenosha.. : Byron Wright / Denise Derdeyn.. Kenosha Human Development Svcs..  ...   Baraboo, WI 53913.. Office (608) 355-4103.. Fax: (608) 355-4106.. (Columbia, Sauk).. SRobinson03@lsswis.. Racine:.. Angie Flores.. SAFE Haven Youth Shelter.. 1030 Washington Avenue.. Racine, WI 53403-1762.. Office: (262) 637-9559.. Hotline: (262) 632-0424.. Fax: (262) 632-8758.. (Racine).. aflores@safehavenofracine.. com.. Rhinelander:.. Tami Ellis.. KIN, Inc.. 62 N Brown Street.. PO Box 895.. Rhinelander, WI 54501.. CMH Office: (715) 365-7000.. Tammy: (715) 365-7003.. Hotline: (800) 622-9120.. Fax: (715) 365-7029.. (Forest, Oneida, Vilas).. kidsinneed@kidsnneed.. Sheboygan: Melissa Argall.. LSS RAYS.. 706 North 9th Street.. Sheboygan, WI 53081.. Office: (920) 458-7100.. Fax: (920) 458-5670.. (Calumet, Fond du Lac, Manitowoc, Sheboygan).. melissa.. argall@lsswis.. Stevens Point:.. Heidi Chitwood- Youth Advocate.. CAP Family Crisis Center.. 1608 West River Drive.. Stevens Point, WI 54481.. Office: (715) 343-7101.. Hotline: (800) 472-3377.. Local: (715) 343-7125.. Fax: (715) 343-7176.. (Adams, Portage, Waupaca, Waushara, Wood).. hchitwood@capmail.. Superior:.. Jane Larson.. Project Reach Out.. 1500 N.. 34th Street, Suite 200.. Superior, WI 54880.. Office: (715) 395-6429.. Hotline: (800) 777-7844.. Fax: (715) 392-6055.. (Douglas, Ashland, Bayfield, Iron).. jane.. projectreachout@gmail.. Waukesha:.. Peter Sierra.. Youth and Family Project.. 1570 E Moreland Blvd.. Waukesha, WI 53186.. Office: (262) 547-7752.. Fax: (262) 547-7707.. Cell: (262) 212-8350.. (Waukesha).. psierra@youthandfamilyproject.. Washburn:.. (Burnette, Price, Sawyer, Washburn).. West Bend, Port Washington:.. Kelly Henckel.. Youth Family Project.. 630 Elm Street.. West Bend, WI 53095.. Office: (262) 338-1661.. Hotline (800) 924-3555.. Fax: (262) 338-7761.. (Washington, Ozaukee).. info@youthandfamilyproject.. khenckel@youthandfamilyproject.. WI Association for Runaway Services.. (608) 241-2649.. Fax: same.. Executive Director: Patricia Balke.. Prog.. Dir.. : Joli Guenther: (608) 742-5028.. : John Babbitt: (414) 352-5103.. Youth Representative: Quaneisha Goodwell.. State of WI Runaway Program Specialist:.. Kelly Canter.. Office of Youth Services.. Division of Safety and Permanence.. 201 East Washington AVenue.. Madison, WI 53703.. (608) 266-5172.. kelly.. canter@wisconsin.. gov.. Transitional Living Programs.. Walkers Point Youth and Family Center, TLP.. Director: Lori Runge.. Visions (TLP for Minors).. 732 S.. 21st Street.. (414) 647-8200.. Insights Young Adult TLP.. 2175 South Layton BLVD.. Milwaukee, WI 53215.. (414) 672-1360.. Family Services of NE WI, Inc.. PO Box 22308.. (920) 438-1616.. Director: Meika Burnikel.. mburnikel@familyservicesnew.. LSS/RAYS.. 721 Park Street.. Manitowoc, WI 54220.. Manager: Melissa Argall.. (920) 682-2816-104.. Projyth@lsswis.. (Manitowoc and Sheboygan Counties).. Kenosha Human Development Services, Transitional Housing Services.. Director: Lisa Haen.. 4844 42nd Avenue.. Kenosha, WI 53143.. (262) 654-8368.. lhaen@khds.. Marion House: Monica Zindler.. 840 North Taylor Street.. P.. O.. Box 10782.. Green Bay, WI 54307.. 920-496-1478.. Fax: 920-496-1079.. mzindler@marionhouse.. Pregnancy Support Connection - Amy Bauman.. 434 Madison Street.. Waukesha, WI 53188.. (262) 524-4123.. pregnancy-support.. abaumann@pregnancy-support..

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  • Title: WAHRS | Transitional Living Programs
    Descriptive info: Transitional Living Programs for Older Homeless Youth.. (Information provided by the Family Youth Services Bureau, ACYF, ACF, and DHHS).. History.. Thousands of young people run away from their homes, are asked to leave their homes, or become homeless in the United States each year.. Since 1975, under the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974 (JJDPA), as amended, the Federal Government has funded emergency shelter programs for runaway and homeless youth that provide for the immediate needs of these youth and their families and promote family reunification.. Unfortunately, however, many young people who are homeless today cannot return to their families.. Some have escaped abusive situations; others are the victims of neglect, abandonment, or severe family conflict.. In response to the growing concern for these youth, Congress determined that many young people need long-term, supportive assistance that emergency shelter programs were not designed to provide.. As a result, Congress created the Transitional Living Program for Older Homeless Youth (TLP) as part of the 1988 Amendments to the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (RHYA), Title III of the JJDPA.. The TLP was modeled after several successful demonstration projects funded in the early 1980s by the U.. S.. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).. Congress assigned administration of the TLP to the HHS.. Within HHS, the Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) funded the first TLP projects in 1990.. Today, FYSB continues to fund the Transitional Living Program through the.. Runaway, Homeless, and Missing Children Protection Act of 2003.. (Public Law 108-96), which reauthorizes the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act and provides funding for the organizations and shelters that serve and protect runaway, homeless, missing, and sexually exploited children (to view the act, you must first download and install the free.. Acrobat Reader..  ...   are required to provide youth with stable, safe living accommodations and services that help them develop the skills necessary to move to independence.. Living accommodations may be host family homes, group homes, maternity group homes, or supervised apartments.. (Supervised apartments are either agency-owned apartment buildings or scattered site apartments, which are single-occupancy apartments rented directly by young people with support from the agency.. ) TLPs also provide pregnant or parenting youth with parenting skills, including child development, family budgeting, health and nutrition, and other skills to promote their long-term economic independence in order to ensure the well-being of their children.. Services Provided.. TLP grantees are required to offer the following services, either directly or by referral:.. Safe, stable living accommodations.. Basic life-skill building, including consumer education and instruction in budgeting, using credit, housekeeping, menu planning, food preparation, and parenting skills.. Interpersonal skill building, including enhancing young people's abilities to establish positive relationships with peers and adults, make decisions, and manage stress.. Educational opportunities, such as GED preparation, postsecondary training, or vocational education.. Assistance in job preparation and attainment, such as career counseling and job placement.. Education, information, and counseling to prevent, treat, and reduce substance abuse.. Mental health care, including individual and group counseling.. Physical health care, including routine physicals, health assessments, and emergency treatment.. FYSB's Grant Award Process.. FYSB solicits applications through an annual Federal Register announcement.. Applications are competitively reviewed by peer panels, and successful applicants receive 5-year grants.. Click here for a list of Wisconsin's Transitional Living Programs.. Walkers Point Youth and Family Center.. :Lori Runge.. 2030 West National Avenue.. (414) 672-5531.. walkerspoint.. Marion House.. (920) 496-1478.. 721 Park Street.. Melissa Argall.. (920) 682-2816 x 104.. (Manitowoc and Sheboygan counties).. Kenosha Human Development Services, Inc.. Transitional Housing Services.. Homeless Youth Project..

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  • Title: WAHRS | Second Chance Homes
    Descriptive info: Second Chance Homes.. Providing Transitional Living Programs for Youth with Children.. Second Chance Homes are supervised nurturing residences for teen families with nowhere else to go.. The majority of these teen’s families have histories of abuse, neglect, substance abuse, or circumstances that make it impossible for the teen mothers to live with them.. Second Chance Homes provide teens with babies, who have no appropriate adult relative with whom they can reside, with a safe, stable, and supportive living arrangement.. The teens are required to learn parenting skills, child development, family budgeting, health and nutrition, and other skills to promote their long-term economic independence and the well being of their children.. BREAKING THE CYCLE.. Teen Mothers.. 60% of teen moms have been sexually asaulted as children.. 80% of teen moms lived in poverty before they became pregnant.. 7 out of 10 teen moms will not have a high school diploma by age 30.. More than 7,000 girls under age 20 give birth in Wisconsin every year.. Children of Teen Mothers.. Are more likely to be born premature and 50% more likely to be low birth weight.. Are far more likely to be physically abused, abandoned, or neglected.. Sons of teen mothers are 2 times more likely to end up in prison.. The WAHRS Second Chance Home Project will address several injustices and ensure that all homeless pregnant and parenting youth in WI will have a safe alternative to the street.. On the level of service provision, this project addresses the needs of disenfranchised pregnant and parenting teens who are not currently provided with resources that will teach them necessary parenting skills.. This project also addresses the need of these young people and their children for a safe living environment by creating a system of second chance homes.. Despite pressing needs, rural  ...   funding for Transitional Living Programs for young people and their children is evenly distributed throughout the state.. WHY ARE SECOND CHANCE HOMES NEEDED IN WISCONSIN?.. To shelter homeless teen mothers and their babies.. To break the cycle of irresponsible parenting.. To provide a safe environment for teen mothers and their children in need.. To teach teen mothers how to be good parents.. To teach teens how to become responsible, contributing members of society.. PLANNED ACTIVITIES.. In the development of the WAHRS Second Chance Home Project, the Association will:.. Implement a 24 hour technical assistance hotline for Second Chance Home directors and staff.. Develop statewide standards for Transitional Living Programs serving young people who are pregnant or parenting.. Provide on-site technical assistance in the development of Second Chance Homes by Association staff and staff of existing Transitional Living Programs.. Track progress of state and federal funding and providing technical assistance to programs regarding the funding and application process.. Represent Transitional Living Programs and their clients on State, Regional, and National levels.. Ensure that members will be kept up to date on issues regarding pregnant and parenting teens.. Develop and provide a forum for program collaboration and exchange.. Provide Statewide training conferences geared towards issues affecting homeless and parenting teens.. Provide Technical assistance regarding legal issues affecting pregnant and parenting teens by knowledgeable staff.. Distribute materials addressing issues affecting pregnant and parenting teens to programs.. Provide joint on-going training opportunities based on the needs of Second Chance Home directors and staff.. Click here for a list of Wisconsin's Second Chance Homes.. WISCONSIN SECOND CHANCE HOMES.. GREEN BAY.. House of Hope.. 1660 Christiana Street.. Green Bay, WI 54303.. (920) 884-6740.. Green Bay WI 54307.. MILWAUKEE.. Positive Development.. PO Box 18618.. Milwaukee, WI 53218.. (414) 393-0266.. SHEBOYGAN.. LSS/Project Youth.. WAUKESHA.. Pregnancy Support Connection.. (262) 548-0078..

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  • Title: WAHRS | AmeriCorps Project
    Descriptive info: AmeriCorps Project.. The Wisconsin Association for Runaway Services, formed in 1979, is a coalition of community based, voluntary, non-profit agencies.. The Association’s members provide preventive and crisis counseling, temporary shelter, and referral services to youth in crisis.. Family mediation is also provided to bring about reconciliation with parents, if possible.. Program services are available on a walk-in basis, as well as through 24-hour crisis lines.. The goals of the member agencies are to strengthen families, prevent family dissolution, promote self-sufficiency, and ensure permanent, stable homes for youth.. In many instances, youth leave home due to family conflict, typically caused by lack of communication.. Other times they are forced out of their homes by parents or leave to escape sexual or physical abuse.. Runaway programs have seen major increases in homeless youth.. These youth, who live “on the street”, are in very high risk situations, with few resources and virtually no support system.. As a response to this phenomenon, the Wisconsin Association for Runaway Services, in collaboration with the Wisconsin Board for National and Community Service, provides a team of AmeriCorps members to provide street outreach services and mobile response teams for referrals from police departments, schools, and other youth serving agencies.. The AmeriCorps members are available to youth who are homeless, runaways, or in crisis and are therefore “on the street”.. Members frequent areas in the community where youth congregate, such as parks, malls, convenience stores, etc.. Youth are provided with hygiene packets, food vouchers, transportation vouchers, clothes, educational materials, and, most importantly, referral services to provide them with safe alternatives to the street.. The members also are available to police and school personnel, by responding directly to referrals.. Twenty-five AmeriCorps members are providing these outreach services in 36 counties, ensuring runaway, homeless, and youth in crisis have a strong support system and alternatives to the street.. THE PROBLEM ADDRESSED BY THIS PROJECT.. The average runaway program receives less than $55,000 in federal and state funds to serve runaway and homeless youth.. On the average, there are 1116 juveniles reported missing per program service area.. Due to budget shortages, most runaway programs have limited staff, who are unable to leave the offices where they are providing 24 hour coverage and person to person intervention services.. Since the Wisconsin Children’s code prevents the entry of most runaways into the court system, the 10,000 runaways annually, who are picked up by police in Wisconsin, are being returned to parents without help for the problem that lead to the runaway crisis.. Police personnel can release a youth to a runaway program, but rarely do so because of the time involved with transportation.. The offer of immediate access to services by trained, mobile, AmeriCorps members, who meet with runaways and wait to meet with parents at police stations greatly increase the number of police referrals.. The same, immediate, on-site response is offered to school counselors and social workers.. Resistant youth who have weathered multiple runs and are conditioned to life on the street or youth who are homeless, are often not aware of resources available to them.. AmeriCorps members are known to these youth through extensive street outreach.. Their contacts are geared toward establishing trust and being available for help in crises, such as sickness, personal conflicts, sexual exploitation, and homelessness.. GOALS OF PROJECT.. 1.. Community Service.. Increase the number of hotline, police, and school referred runaways who receive counseling, shelter, and other services.. Provision of street outreach services, ensuring hard to reach youth are offered safe alternatives to living on the  ...   Angela Endejan.. Mom and I are fighting again,.. Where did I go wrong?.. She’s starting her next bottle of gin,.. I just found out I am pregnant,.. My bags are on the sidewalk,.. A car, a park bench, a cardboard box,.. Where will I sleep tonight?.. I heard we are expecting snow,.. I don’t know how long this couch can be my bed,.. My bags are all tattered and torn,.. I heard that this place can help me,.. Where do I begin?.. They have given me a place to stay,.. I need to finish my GED and get a job.. My bags have a place to call home.. I sign my lease next week,.. Where has the time gone?.. My baby gets bigger every day,.. I graduated and have a full-time job,.. My bags are no longer needed,.. About two years ago, all I wanted to know,.. Every night I worried,.. I started a new adventure wondering,.. And now I sit here writing this asking,.. Without all these questions,.. I could have never found the answers.. Thank you.. The author is a full-time AmeriCorps member at the Youth and Family Project in West Bend, WI who works with the Transitional Housing and Street Outreach programs.. She hopes to receive both her professional counseling and alcohol and drug counseling licenses and continue to work with youth in Wisconsin.. My name is Jenna Van Der Sande and I’m an Americorp for Project Youth, part of Lutheran Social Services.. My area of service is in Sheboygan County and I am a first year Americorps.. I really enjoy working the youth and families in my area, this experience has opened my eyes and I appreciate the opportunity to serve my community.. My pieces are about what our goal as an outreach team and about a youth that we service through our drop-in program that I admire.. An Outreach Tanka.. walking all the streets.. searching, looking to reach out.. youth who need our help.. helping our community.. brings families together.. A Sonnet: The Young One.. Young one,.. Insightful on the inside.. Tough exterior to some.. And to me she can confide.. Dances like no one cares.. And speaks from her heart.. On paper does she dare.. Declare what sets her apart.. Such knowing views.. For such a young girl.. Wonder who or what is her muse.. And what else from her can unfurl.. What a wonderful youth to know.. Cannot wait to see what path she’ll follow.. Author Biography: Erin Roemer is an MSW Graduate Student who resides in Brookfield, WI.. Under the direction of the Wisconsin Association for Homeless and Runaway Services, she serves as a Street Outreach Program worker at the Youth and Family Project, Inc.. in West Bend.. Easier Than Not.. By Erin Roemer.. It’s easier than not.. to forget what we do.. is of vast importance.. to more than a few.. The youth we serve.. the steps we take.. the compassion we give.. did enough progress we make.. At the end of a hard day.. we question our work.. Did I make a difference?.. Did I erase any hurt?.. Sometimes a smile.. A story she confides.. An inquisitive “Where were you?”.. She won’t let it slide.. Reminds me I’m needed.. On me she depends.. for a listening ear, a role model.. a mentor or friend.. I serve to amend.. one life at a time.. so she may have one.. more like yours and mine.. to stand in the distance.. but service is our calling.. our duty to make a difference..

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  • Title: WAHRS | Street Outreach Program
    Descriptive info: Street Outreach Program.. STREET OUTREACH PROGRAM LOCATIONS.. Appleton.. (Outagamie and Winnebago Counties).. Green Bay.. (Brown County).. (Kenosha County).. Sheboygan.. (Calumet, Fond du Lac, Manitowoc and Sheboygan Counties).. West Bend.. (Washington and Ozaukee Counties).. Milwaukee.. (Milwaukee County).. Racine.. (Racine County).. Madison.. (Dane, Dodge and Jefferson Counties).. Menomonie.. (Barron, Dunn, Pepin, Pierce, Polk and St.. Croix Counties).. Eau Claire.. Claire and Rusk Counties).. Dodgeville.. (Crawford, Grant, Green, Iowa and Lafayette Counties).. (Rock County).. Rhinelander.. (Forest, Oneida and Vilas Counties).. The Wisconsin Association for Homeless and Runaway Services is a network of community based, voluntary, non-profit, agencies.. The goals of the member agencies are to strengthen families, prevent family dissolution, promote self-sufficiency, and assure permanent, stable, homes for youth.. Programs provide youth and their families with preventive and crisis individual, family and group intervention, temporary shelter,  ...   youth served through the runaway program with their families or have them placed in a mutually agreed upon safe alternate living arrangement.. Provide outreach and referral services to street youth and implement positive community relations.. Provide Street Youth with educational materials specifically geared towards addressing issues of sexual exploitation, pregnancy prevention, and substance abuse.. WAHRS:.. Provide opportunities for street outreach program mutual support and information sharing.. Provide on-site and 24 hour phone technical assistance to street outreach programs.. Provide on-site technical assistance on street outreach program development/implementation.. Provide/coordinate pre-service training of street outreach workers and ongoing educational workshops/staff training.. Coordinate educational and promotional material development and resource sharing.. Carry out fiscal and all other reporting responsibilities in connection with proposal funding.. Provide ongoing evaluation of program through site visits and coordinate peer review process..

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  • Title: WAHRS | Related Websites
    Descriptive info: Related Web Sites.. The.. Family and Youth Services Bureau.. (FYSB) supports local communities in providing services and opportunities to young people, particularly runaway and homeless youth.. FYSB does so by awarding funding that enables communities to offer services to young people and their families and to test new approaches to helping youth.. As a Family and Youth Services Bureau grantee, you have access to an entire network of support.. The Runaway and Homeless Youth Network of Support offers the information and resources you need to improve services to young people.. Each member of the network brings its own unique skills to the table to ensure your program’s diverse needs are covered.. For example, you and your staff can:.. Register for free online trainings and request onsite support from the.. Runaway and Homeless Youth Training and Technical Assistance Center.. Connect with other grantees, share on-the-job tips and ask for advice through the.. RHYTTAC Community of Practice.. View the latest research, innovative practices, national funding opportunities and online trainings on the.. National Clearinghouse on Families Youth.. ’s mobile-friendly website.. Connect teens and parents to 24/7 crisis support and phone mediation through the.. National Runaway Safeline.. Learn more about strengthening intimate partner violence prevention and intervention efforts through FYSB-supported.. Family Violence Resource Centers.. and.. State Domestic Violence Coalitions.. A list of FYSB funded agencies can be found through.. RHYTTAC.. Additionally the website.. Find Youth Info.. provides information on bullying, mentoring, Positive Youth Development and other topics relevant to RHY.. There is also a map for locating resources in your community (by using your zip code).. It also has a funding resources link.. The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction's Homeless Liaison Contact list.. provides a list of contacts  ...   and Community Service Trust Act of 1993 (refer to Wisconsin Act 437).. The WNCSB supports service in Wisconsin primarily by granting AmeriCorps funds to organizations that involve citizens in service activities that meet human, educational, environmental, public safety, and homeland security needs.. Through their participation in AmeriCorps programs, citizens are given the opportunity to not only enrich the lives of the people and communities they serve but also their own lives through professional and personal development.. AmeriCorps and other national service initiatives are funded by the.. Corporation for National and Community Service.. , a federal agency.. In addition, the Corporation provides education awards to participants who successfully complete a term of service with an AmeriCorps program.. Project 1649.. provides an award winning 2010 documentary on homeless Rock County Youth titled Project 16:49.. The title comes from the sixteen hours and 49 minutes between school ending one day and starting the next when many children and adolescents are uncertain of where they will sleep.. The film can be found here.. Make Room For Youth.. provides a compelling description of the circumstances leading to youth running and their experience while on the run.. If you are interested in hosting a showing of the film with a follow-up discussion please contact.. MRFYdane@gmail.. National Recommended Best Practices for Serving LGBT Homeless Youth.. was developed by Lambda Legal in collaboration with the National Alliance to End Homelessness, The National Network for Youth and the national Center for Lesbian Rights.. It is an overview of homelessness among LGBT youth and offers recommendations to agencies to increase competency in working with LGBT homeless youth.. The recommendations include specific guidance on improving practice, organizational culture and residential services to better serve LGBTQ youth..

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  • Title: WAHRS | Resources for Programs
    Descriptive info: Resources for Programs.. Program Standards for Runaway Programs.. Program Standards for Transitional Living Programs and Second Chance Homes.. WAHRS Program Reporting Requirements.. Quarterly Report Forms.. State Statute 48.. 227, Runaway Homes.. Youth Today article.. Americorps Job Description.. Americorps Recruiting Forms.. Confidential Services Available to Youth.. Effective Outreach Solicitation.. McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act.. Child Abuse Reporting Requirements for Individuals and Entities.. Teens and Mandatory Reporting: Sample language for mandated reporters when talking to youth.. (opens as pdf).. Alone Without a Home: State-by-State review of Laws Affecting Unaccompanied Youth.. WAHRS FY 2012 Audit.. 6/30/12 - 990 Tax Return.. WAHRS Informational Handout..

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  • Title: WAHRS | Program Sharing
    Descriptive info: The purpose of this page is for runaway programs, transitional living programs, and maternity group home programs to share experiences and stories of their work with and on behalf of youth and families in Wisconsin.. Submissions may be provided to Patricia Balke at.. Please click on links below.. Rent Project Program Sharing.. , by Emily Czarnik- Neimeyer.. A Movement.. A Reality.. “RENT.. ”.. Through my AmeriCorps position with the Runaway Outreach Program at the Boys and Girls Club of the Fox Valley I work as a co-facilitator with a weekly LGBTQ teen support group at Harmony Café in Appleton.. Harmony is a community café run through Goodwill Industries, with another site in Green Bay.. The café is truly a part of the community.. Other than the fact that there are delicious food and beverage options available at the café, there are a myriad of healthy program options every day.. For instance, different individuals lead groups and programs that focus on such topics as meditation, grief, substance abuse, and LGBTQ teens/adults.. In addition, local bands play their music on various nights.. Yesterday I was able to be a part of a one of the LGBTQ-focused programs.. A movement.. A reality.. ” Two cast members from the Broadway production of “RENT, now playing at the Performing Arts Center (PAC) in Appleton, came to Harmony Café in Appleton to speak about the topics in the production during a “Conversation Café” event.. Harmony Café and PAC staff organized this event to bring discussion of the production into an intentional program space.. Throughout the event I helped with tasks needed for the venue, from signing in people at the door to group discussion facilitation.. It was an honor to do so with a team of committed people who made the idea of this discussion a reality.. In addition, it was powerful to listen to and then engage with the cast members about everything from identity to AIDS to community, particularly because I saw the show at the PAC a few nights later.. Young and old alike were present at the discussion.. My 17-year-old sister and five of her friends came to this event, which reiterated the importance of youth engagement in such discussions about society.. With today’s youth so often being influenced by the media around them, “RENT” has no doubt reached thousands of youth, but in a positive light.. I believe it is important for youth to build a lifestyle of knowledge, acceptance, and discussion on such issues as those in “RENT” at an early age; after all, they will eventually be the leaders of this country.. WAHRS employees face the issues in “RENT” on a regular basis and in different ways, which is why the work we do is relevant and important to youth.. Night Without a Home Homelessness Awareness Event.. , by Michelle Symons, Project Reach Out.. As members of the Anti-Poverty Coalition for Douglas County, we also helped coordinate the "Night Without a Home" homeless event in November.. We collected clothing, supplies, and monetary donations that were shared between the local homeless/crisis shelters and several other agencies that serve the homeless population in Superior (such as the Salvation Army, Northwestern WI Community Services Agency, etc).. In order to organize the event, we met with the coalition once a month for 1-2 hours to work out the planning details.. I also ran a clothing drive (mentioned above) at a local preschool in the weeks leading up to the event.. When the drive was over, we had collected almost $2,000 worth of winter clothing items for the fundraiser.. On the weekend of the "Night Without a Home," Superior was hit with record strength wind and freezing rain.. Many of the volunteers who were signed up to take shifts collecting donations canceled because of the weather and 3 of the 4 signs we had ordered were destroyed immediately.. But despite the complications we faced, everyone pulled together to make it a success.. Volunteers took double shifts, which meant standing in the rain and wind for 4 hours collecting money and helping load/unload the donation trailers.. This went on from noon on Saturday all through the night until the fundraiser ended at noon on Sunday.. Although no one was very pleased about being cold and wet during the sleepout, no one complained.. It was hard to feel sorry for yourself when you knew that we only had to survive the elements for one night but these are circumstances that the homeless live with every day.. The most amazing thing about it was when the local homeless came out to our fundraiser during the night.. It was close to midnight and we were all huddled around the fire when one man said he was going to leave to go get something for us.. He returned a couple of hours later with a blanket to share and cardboard boxes to sit on and to protect us from the wind.. Another man who came even later  ...   staff and volunteers, we were able to put on RAH! Raising Awareness for Homelessness.. In general, the event was educational, entertaining, and provided resources to those individuals and families in need.. The educational component included two tables that had information on homelessness in the Madison area.. Youth Services of Southern WI and Porchlight, Inc.. both staffed tables throughout the duration of the evening on November 3rd.. Media and networking was another route for educating the community on homelessness.. I spoke on WORT radio about the issues.. Myself, Carl, and a past writer for Street Pulse (a publication about the homeless population and related issues) also spoke about homelessness.. Points that were highlighted were as follows:.. Homelessness is not a choice and affects children, teens, and families.. Stereotypes that homeless are mentally ill or abuse drugs or alcohol are not accurate.. Over 1000 minors in the Madison Metropolitan School District have fit the criteria for homelessness under the McKinney-Vento Act this year.. November is National Runaway Prevention Month.. During my time at the event, I spoke with many adults about these issues and described services offered by Briarpatch.. Entertainment was provided by two bands: The Sharrows and Boo Bradley.. Food was made available throughout the evening.. Warm clothing was provided to about ten adults and one female child who came with her mother.. About 50 people attended the event throughout the evening.. I tried to speak to all who came to tell them the purpose of the event.. Eight people slept overnight in tents to feel what it is like to be homeless for one night, including one homeless person.. In the morning, we supplied breakfast and coffee to the homeless man.. There was an additional homeless man who came by in the morning and we gave him warm clothing.. We donated leftover food items to the homeless camp Madison, WI.. The community impact of the project was to educate people about the issues related to homelessness.. I've received positive feedback from all involved in the project.. I contacted legislators and sent out press releases to various media sources to ensure that the message got out.. The project has also helped strengthen ties between Briarpatch, AmeriCorps and other service providers in the area.. There were about 20 volunteers total who helped make RAH! happen.. Volunteers helped with making and distributing flyers, calling food providers, contacting schools and churches, set-up, sleeping overnight, and take-down.. Among the 20 volunteers, there was approximately 75 volunteer hours contributed.. Overall, RAH! made a difference in getting the word out about homelessness and was a great experience for everyone involved.. I know that I have been much more involved in keeping up on news about homelessness in the Madison community and intend to continue to be an advocate for the homeless community and for homeless and runaway teens.. A Population Often Forgotten, An Experience I’ll Never Forget.. , by Tanya Kruit, Pathfinders for Youth.. What would it mean to you to be homeless? To a youth, it means holding your head high, preserving your pride, and maintaining your self-respect when life brings you down.. No one wants to be seen as homeless.. Treating those who are homeless with dignity and respect is how one can best help them.. Seeing them as people who want and need the same things as yourself allows you to connect with them on a personal level.. And they.. will.. open up to you…in time.. The spirit of the youth is what draws me to serve and keeps me returning.. Funny, witty, intelligent, sensitive, determined, and resilient are just some of the words that describe them.. And while I have a defined job to do, I am also here to learn.. I have learned so much already from my coworkers.. But it s what I have learned from the youth that I really treasure – to pursue your dreams, remain hopeful, be your true self, and to never lose your sense of humor, even in the most trying of times.. Asking for help is a hard thing for anyone to do.. But for vulnerable youth, it s even harder.. Imagine being kicked out of your house by a parent.. Feeling unwanted, unwelcome…the toll that takes on a youth is immense.. Pathfinders Drop-In Center is a safe, welcoming, and nurturing place for them.. The staff and members of the drop-in center become a surrogate family for many of these youth.. They each receive case management which entails helping them find stable housing, a job, and helping them to obtain their high school diploma or GED, or to get into college.. These are all things that would be difficult for the youth to do on their own.. With so many variables and inconsistencies in their lives, Pathfinders becomes a constant.. Stabilizing one s life is the first step towards leading a successful, fulfilling life – which is really all these youth want.. But then again, isn t that all any of us want?..

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  • Title: WAHRS | Board of Directors
    Descriptive info: 2013-2014.. EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE.. Tim Baack.. - President - 1 Year.. Pathfinders, Milwaukee.. Greg Lemke-Rochen.. - Vice President - 1 Year.. Boys and Girls Club, Appleton.. Sarah Hotchkiss.. - At Large - 2 Years.. Lutheran Social Services, Statewide.. André Olton.. - Treasurer - 1 Year.. Walkers Point Youth and Family Center, Milwaukee.. Gay/Lesbian/Transsexual Seat.. - Secretary - 2 Years.. Project Reach Out - Superior.. Christiana Vanseth - 1 yr.. Family Services  ...   Tami Ellis - 2 yrs.. Kids in Need, Rhinelander.. Youth Seat (18-21).. Quaneisha Goodwell.. - 2 Years.. Pathfinders.. Byron Wright.. Kenosha Human Development, Kenosha.. Monica Zindler.. Marion House, Green Bay.. Person of Color Seat.. Elizabeth Kelly.. - 1 Years.. Maehnowesekiyah Treatment Center.. Gresham Native American Program.. Sammy Rangel.. SAFE Haven of Racine, Inc.. Youth and Family Project, West Bend.. Casey Behrend.. Briarpatch, Madison.. Sarah Halstead.. Family Crisis Center, Stevens Point..

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