The Emergency Shelter provides residential care for children and youth, ages birth through seventeen. The capacity of the Shelter is twelve children, with forty five days being the maximum length of stay for each child.
Since opening, the Shelter has cared for more than 5,000 children. Referrals come from the Youth Court and the Mississippi Department of Child Protection Services. Many children served have been burned, beaten, sexually abused and near starvation, and others victims of sex trafficking. The Shelter may also be used as a resource when there is a need for transition from one foster home placement to another.
In addition to the basics – food, shelter, clothing and medical care, the Shelter offers a complete recreational program, and children are encouraged to participate in athletic and extracurricular school activities. Transportation to area schools and other services is provided. Youth receive a complete medical/dental and vision assessment, with follow up as needed. A psychological assessment provides Child Protection Services with the information needed to find the appropriate placement for each child based on his/her individual needs and behaviors. The Shelter provides individual and group counseling for each child, and supervised family visitation on-site.
Staff include the Executive Director, Administrative Assistant, Project Director, Victim Services Coordinator, Therapist, and seventeen full and part-time Direct Care Personnel.