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
- 193 youth and their families received assessment, counseling, and case management services
- 821 calls were received through the 24-hour crisis hotline
- 1,493 hours of individual counseling were provided
- 150 families received counseling
Learn more from our agency RHY brochure.