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H.E.L.P (Homeless, Education, Lifeskills & Prevention)

Runaway and Homeless Youth Program in Madison County (RHY)


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The goal of Catholic Charities’ Runaway and Homeless Youth Program is to alleviate the problems of runaway and homeless youth in Madison County and the subsequent dangers associated with their absence from parental supervision. We provide services that facilitate a more stable living environment for the youth of Madison County, working to reunite youth with their families, where feasible, strengthen family relationships and, ultimately, empower youth to develop into independent, responsible and self-sufficient contributing members of society. We provide 24-hour crisis intervention, safe shelters and therapeutic services to youth under the age of 21. These services include, but are not limited to; case management, food and temporary shelter, mediation, counseling, and coordination with pertinent service providers and referrals. Please call Carrie Messier (Case Manager) at 315-363-5274 for more information.

After Hours (Evenings & Weekends) H.E.L.P Emergency Hotline 315-366-5006

Community Case Management for At Risk Youth Program

Catholic Charities’ At Risk Youth Program works with at-risk youth and families in Madison County. The purpose of the support services are to assist Madison County youth, and their families, who are experiencing behavioral and physical health difficulties relating to: addiction issues, teenage pregnancy, and truancy issues that would lead to potential placement, DSS involvement, separation of the family unit, and/or homelessness of the at-risk youth involved. Community Case Management for At-Risk Youth offers case management, service plan development (as needed), referrals to services, and coordination of services, monitoring and advocacy. The program also offers intensive in home services, skill building, development of natural family resources, parent support and education, and crisis response services in the form of needed counseling. Please call Carrie Messier (Case Manager) at 315-363-5274 for more information.

Host Homes

The Runaway & Homeless Youth program through Catholic Charities of Oneida & Madison County is in need of Host Homes. Opening your home on a short term basis to a youth can be a challenging and rewarding endeavor. The Host Home plays a vital role by offering a temporary safe shelter and a nurturing environment to a youth in crisis. The Host family’s example of a stable home gives the youth the tools and confidence needed to return to his or her family. Catholic Charities staff will work closely with the Host family and youth during the placement so that all involved has the support they need. If you feel this is something you would like to consider please call Carrie Messier (At-Risk-RHY Case Manager) at 315- 363-5274 for more information.

*Funding for these programs is provided by the Madison County Youth Bureau*

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