Our programs and services evolve and grow with our changing society. We are always measuring the effectiveness and outcomes of our services. Data from 2017 shows:
In 2017, one thousand calls were placed to our Crisis Contact hotline. A summary of calls indicate:
Whether youth arrive at our shelter (Alternative House) with DCS, Law-enforcement, or via a Safe Place, they find a temporary but safe shelter:
Outreach is important. People get critical information about us in-person and online. Even if it is not for them, people refer us to their friends, neighbors, and loved-ones, often:
When young people are referred to Teen Court, they are given second-chances and a unique opportunity to redeem themselves. People love Teen Court in 2017 more than ever; here's why:
A teenage girl found herself at the center of a dilemma. Should she be honest with her parents about getting suspended from school for a day, or should she just make up a story to explain why she didn't go to school. At age 12, it's easy to imagine how worried she felt, but her decision led to situation that could have turned deadly. she told her parents that she was kidnapped and escaped from the person's car when he stopped for gas. The police and her father began to "search for the kidnapper," but detectives also began to notice that she may be dishonest. She admitted to lying. She was referred to Teen Court where a youth juror asked her, "What if your Dad were to have hurt or killed someone that he thought was the kidnapper?" She was deeply sorry. She received a sentence that included: counseling, essay, apologies to her parents and police, jury duty and community service. Her Father told us that Teen Court spared the family an even tougher experience at juvenile court and gave his daughter a chance to feel like "her life is not over."