A Brief History of Walker’s Point Youth & Family Center
Strengthening Youth & Families Since 1976
In order to serve a larger number of youth via supportive housing, Walker’s Point obtained a Department of Housing & Urban Development Rapid Rehousing grant in order to more than double their housing inventory. This housing specifically targets young adults ages 18-25 years old.
We start Teen D.I.V.A.S. group, a program focusing on dating violence prevention and empowering girls.
A new three-year federal Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing grant almost doubles the number of homeless and near-homeless youth provided supportive housing and services in our Insights program.
Named Social Work Field Placement of the Year by the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare.
During our 2005 program year we provide a record 324 youth with emergency and/or transitional housing. We also receive funding to start a new leadership and empowerment program for girls, Project Take Charge, which begins in February 2006.
The Transitional Living Program expands further to start the Insights program for up to eighteen homeless youth, ages 18-21 years old, including those who are pregnant and parenting, using scattered site housing in the community.
The Transitional Living Program expands back to eight beds, re-opening as a group home for homeless minor aged youth.
The Transitional Living Program, which had closed its door in Fall of 2000, re-opens as a four-bed treatment foster home. We also expand our support groups for teens, including Girl Talk (for girls aged 11 through 14 years old).
The Center serves record high numbers of youth, and there is a big jump in homeless youth during these two years. The Nurturing Program changes its name to the Family Support and Empowerment Program (FSEP) to reflect a diversification of groups offered.
We initiate Street Beat, a homeless youth street outreach project, in collaboration with The Counseling Center of Milwaukee/Pathfinders Program.
The Transitional Living Program develops a non-residential program for youth and a new volunteer service project.
The Teens Talk Line, staffed by teens, begins operation five days a week, which serves youth callers for eight years.
Our Transitional Living Program opens its doors. Crianza Con Carino, a spanish-speaking version of the Nurturing Program for parents and adolescents, is developed and implemented.
The Center purchases a third building on Layton Boulevard for a new Transitional Living Program for homeless youth. A Walker’s Point youth and parent client testify in Congress on the importance of runaway and homeless youth services. Secretary of Health & Human Services, Dr. Louis Sullivan, visits the Walker’s Point shelter.
The Center purchases the property at 2030 West National Avenue, and the Nurturing Program expands to the building’s second floor. We start a drug abuse prevention/education initiative for runaway and homeless youth, which runs seven years, and start TeenSELF school-based nurturing program.
Development of a youth peer counseling initiative in the Runaway and Teen Crisis Program.
The Nurturing Program for Parents and Adolescents is developed, replacing the Renaissance Program as our primary child abuse prevention program. Initiation of the Department of Volunteer Services in the Runaway Shelter, which leads to a tripling of volunteer service in the program.
Initiation of the Renaissance Program, a child abuse prevention program that is a precursor to the Nurturing Program. The Center expands to a second building at 2030 West National Avenue.
The Center purchases the property at 732 South 21st Street.
Walker’s Point Youth & Family Center formally incorporates as a private non-profit corporation. In February, we house the first resident in our runaway shelter, a four-bed facility located at 742 West Pierce Street. By year’s end we have served 213 youth/families, with 148 teens provided temporary shelter.