he 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

 2018 Impact:

  • 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.

For more information contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 608.245.2550 ext. 1209.

This program made possible with the support of United Way of Dane County.


  United Way