The Isaac Homes Youth Shelter was first organized in the fall of 2016. Non-profit 501c3 status was granted in August of 2018.
Isaac Homes focuses on a positive youth development approach which gives youth the opportunities to learn skills and develop the assets they need to resist high risk behaviors and succeed in life.
The organization currently has two areas of focus. One is a short-term emergency basic needs/shelter program; the other is provision of a permanent transitional living program. Present efforts are focusing on continuing to provide basic needs while building capacity to provide short-term shelter services (24/7 supervision, counseling, case management, recreational/spiritual enrichment, aftercare & follow-up).
The long-term vision is a permanent transitional living facility (independent living/self-sufficiency skills, job placement, counseling, transportation, mentorship).
The organization has been gathering data, building community awareness and seeking funds for providing materials, services, food and shelter for homeless youth. Current planning activities of the IHYS Board include researching Youth Home and Youth Homeless Shelter models in other communities and Department of Social Services regulations that may apply to sheltering homeless youth.