Our New Drop-In Center announcement!!! Coming Soon!!!
The Drop-In Center, ‘The Circle’, is to be a much-needed bridge of support for youth ages 16-24 years old, addressing homelessness in the Rapid City area.
By utilizing collaborative planning and execution by Service Provider partnerships, as well as Navigation Services by Peers with lived experience, area youth will find that occurrence of homelessness are supported, rare, brief, and non-recurring.
With a youth-driven network of coordinated services that are readily accessible, trauma-informed, sustainable, and offer holistic wrap around care.
All services and partnerships will respect and affirm the variety of cultures, identities and abilities of youth and young adults in the Rapid City area.
Community Collaborative Coordination and Partnerships with the LGBTQ+ Family Connections Center has led to the following agreements at The Circle (some services are onsite; some may be off-site with transportation assistance provided. Many of the programs are already operational, and collaborated to give the most wrap around services provided in one location for youth) :
South Dakota Department of Labor:
· Various Workforce Programs and Services designed to assist youth ages 14-24-years of age to achieve employment, training goals, and secure sustainable careers.
· Intensive Case Management.
· Job Search Workshops and Training Services.
· Direct Services from Wagner-Peyser Act and/or other Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) programs.
Black Hills Special Services and Cooperative (BHSSC) and Career Learning Center of the Black Hills (CLCBH):
· Adult Education Services for youth 18 and older who are interested in pursuing their GED® and for those who have a high school diploma but need an academic refresher to go on to post-secondary education and/or training.
· Workforce Connections for youth 18 and older to provide career navigation support, mentoring, and advocacy to individuals pursuing their GED® to continue to post-secondary education and/or training.
Youth and Family Services (YFS):
· Coordinated Community-based efforts to prevent, intervene, treat, and to respond to the needs of youth 11-24 impacted by sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and sex trafficking.
· Youth Counseling/Youth Trauma Center trained Therapists will support through trauma screening, assessments, Case Management on site, and Mental Health Services to participating youth through the Drop-In Center.
· Services include Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT), Project Making Medicine (Culturally adapted TFCBT for Native youth), Problematic Sexual Behavioral Therapy, Trauma Focused Equine Psychotherapy, Client Centered Play Therapy, Sand Tray Therapy, and more, onsite.
Lutheran Social Services (LSS):
· FYSB Runaway Homeless Youth (RYH) grant providing Emergency Shelter to youth ages 10-17.
· Street Outreach services to reach youth at risk, ages 10-21.
· Case Management
Working Against Violence (WAVI):
· Domestic violence, Sexual Assault, Stalking, and Human Trafficking advocacy, education, Case Management and support services on site and through referral.
· Youth Initiatives include Youth Voice in Prevention, Teen Up, Take ACTion, and Youth Task Force of the Homeless Coalition on site and through referral.
· WAVI will provide staff education, youth education, resource information, and relationship building at the Youth Drop-In Center.
· WAVI can provide additional services to youth who are or have experienced intimate partner violence, sexual assault, stalking, or human trafficking. WAVI services include a 24/7 crisis line, emergency shelter, ED response, case management, emergency financial assistance, legal services, court advocacy, community education, individual and group emotional support, and information/referrals.
· Food Pantry will be on site, that will provide a shopping experience, for youth to ensure that food insecurities is not a barrier.
· Onsite Career Clothing Closet, to help youth achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help youth thrive in work and in life.
· Volunteers will work with youth to help choose an interview outfit, to be provided free of charge to youth, and will also provide guidance and support for the upcoming interview.
Medical Education and Referrals:
· On-site educational services, referral, Case Management to assist youth in navigating medical needs, and medical systems. Medically trained and informed staff will meet with youth on site and take referral.
· Street Outreach to help identify youth ages 16-24 in need of assistance. Provide referrals, and transportation to the Drop-In Center or referral appointments.
Volunteers of America (VOA):
· VOA would provide Transitional Housing through referral from the Drop-In Center, ages 18-24 with assessment, consultation, and action planning.
Who We Serve:
The targeted population for the Drop-in Center portion of the project is 16–24-year-old individuals experiencing literal homelessness, imminent risk of homelessness, fleeing domestic violence, at risk of homelessness (HUD Homeless Categories 1, 2, 3, and 4).
This is an important access point for coordinated entry and includes toilets, showers, laundry facilities, food, and food vouchers, telephone, access to internet & technology, job search and training assistance, warm referrals to community resources, healthcare, education opportunities, trauma informed staff, and Peer Youth Navigator services.
The Circle is a youth homeless response system that is more personalized and caring, with in-person assistance from consistent staff who are available, relatable, knowledgeable, responsive, properly trained, non-judgmental, and supportive.
A safe, consistent, place and space that is not just available during the Monday to Friday week but on weekends and holidays too. The Drop-In Center be open 7 days per week, 365 days per year, 1pm-8pm in order to best serve youth in need.
Youth Voice and Collaboration:
The Drop-In Center is committed to utilizing our greatest asset, youth participation, by placing their voices and expertise at the forefront of every action that we take within the community.
The Youth Action Board, Rapid City, will create their office, and conference/meeting space, at the Drop-In Center, in order to continue collaboration to development programs and services to support youth facing housing insecurities in our community.
Additionally, we intend to hire two permanent full time Peer Navigators with lived experience, to be the first point of contact with youth experiencing housing instability, providing information on services and referrals, and well as conducting community education and advocacy, with emphasis on outreach to help ensure the Drop-In Center is serving the community to the fullest.
Why is LGBTQ+ in our name and part of our mission focus?
We serve ALL youth seeking assistance for homelessness. No youth is ever turned away if we can assist them when they are most vulnerable.
So why 'LGBTQ+' in our name and mission?
Up to 40% of all youth seeking housing from service providers identify as LGBTQ+.
Hundreds of thousands of LGBTQ+ youth per year need a bed and a safe place to sleep.
This is a hugely disproportionate number, that up to 40% of youth seeking housing support identify as LGBTQ+, yet only about 5.6% of the general youth population identify as LGBTQ+.