SafeKids goes by the McKinney-Vento definition of homeless which includes youth who are doubled up and couch surfing. SafeKids uses the term youth (as the state does) as 12-24 year olds, because science now proves that a young person’s brain doesn’t fully form until at least 25 years of age. Some of our youth have had many Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) and trauma which have caused learning issues as well. For more information about The McKinney-Vento Act, Trauma and ACES please call for an appointment 636-300-9000
ZUUM Transportation - SafeKids is seeking funding for 2 vehicles in which to transport youth for intake, to doctor's appointments, grocery shopping, for school, for employment, etc. Jireh Ministries is part of a task force to tackle transportation barriers for youth and young adults in Franklin County. Our solution is an Uber-style volunteer ride share system. Take a look at www.zumm.cab Founder Mark Moebius created a model and recently partnered with OATS Transportation for a county-wide test. Transportation needs ranged from work to medical appointments. We hope to have our test prove to be successful and the task force is working on creative ways to work with other organizations county wide to expand the program.
Housing Minors – SafeKids only houses under aged youth (12-17) in the Host Home Program. Community members like you, open their homes to house these youth locally so that they can stay in their school of origin. SafeKids follows the strict guidelines. Interested families go through an extensive application and screening process and if match is found a youth is welcomed into the home. All families are background checked, their homes are visited, case management and other supports are given to both the youth and the host family. In most situations, mediation and reunification with the biological family is the goal. This program has allowed over 15 youth to graduate high school and 2 young pregnant teens were able to raise and keep their babies with loving support. No young person under the age of 18 is allowed to stay at Taylors House. No youth is allowed to sleep in the woods or on the property.
Staff and Volunteer Training
Because SafeKids is a trauma informed organization, all Staff, Board members and Host Families are required to take a three-hour trauma informed care training. This class is also offered to volunteers and many are happy to have the information. All volunteers, staff and board are also given a de-escalation training along with specific training to the policies and procedures of the facility. Policy and employee manuals are available on site.
SafeKids offers housing for young adults ages 18-24. Taylors House offers emergency, short term, and transitional housing in Union. There are strict rules in order to be housed onsite, including urinalysis drug screening and a background check upon entry, followed by random drug screens. Young adults are expected to be in school full time, working full time, or working onsite 20 hours a week and seeking employment 20 hours per week. There is a curfew, daily chores and responsibilities. SafeKids requires any individuals whom have been diagnosed with a mental health illness to be receiving treatment, and any individuals suffering addiction issues are required to participate in treatment. Any individuals who are not willing to follow rules and guidelines are not permitted to stay in housing.
STATION365 Drop-In Center
The Drop-in Center is located at 365 Main Street - St Clair. It is open for all youth ages 12-24 between the hours of 2pm-6pm Monday through Friday. There is always an adult in the Drop-in Center and if a youth under the age of 18 is there, a staff or volunteer chaperones them while on site. The Drop-in Center itself is approx. 828 sq. feet with a kitchen, food storage and dining / TV area. There are security cameras in every room, which can be monitored remotely, and every staff member, volunteer, and youth over the age of 18 has a background check done.
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