The Runaway & Homeless Youth Program (RHYP) provides a wide variety of services to youth in need. These services include: temporary shelter, individual counseling, family counseling, outreach, case management, and a 24-hour help-line. The RHYP relies on over 40 volunteers annually to help provide these services to youth and their families. Volunteers receive 30 hours of training over a four week period before they are able to support clients. Every year, Briarpatch volunteers provide more than 10,000 hours towards this program.


 The program’s primary goals include:

  • Reunite youth with their families and encourage the resolution of intra-family problems through counseling and other services
  • Help at-risk youth develop good decision-making skills
  • Prevent at-risk youth from engaging in self-destructive behaviors and activities

 2017 Impact:

  • 230 youth and their families received assessment, counseling, and case management services
  • 824 calls were received through the 24-hour crisis hotline
  • 1,247 hours of individual counseling were provided
  • 326 hours of family counseling were provided



For more information contact the Volunteer Coordinator, at (608) 245-2550 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.