The Briarpatch Youth Shelter provides shelter and other services to homeless or runaway youth, or youth at risk of separation from their family due to conflict or other reasons. Opened in 2015, it contains eight beds and welcomes youths of all gender identities ages 12-17. There are an estimated 300 youth in Dane County who are homeless every night. This shelter was created to help these youth get off the streets and provide them with services to succeed. Aside from providing shelter, we provide services including individual counseling, family counseling, case management and a 24-hour help line.
- 102 youth received shelter with assessment, counseling, and case management services
- 1,138 nights of safe housing were provided in our youth shelter
- 98% of youth served returned home or to another safe living situation