The Shelter provides residential care for children and youth, ages birth through 17. The capacity of the Shelter is 12 children, with 45 days being the maximum length of stay for each child.
Since its existence, the Shelter has cared for more than 5,000 children. Referrals come from the Youth Court, the Department of Human Services and the Jackson Police Department. Many of the children have been burned, beaten, sexually abused and are near starvation. Some are abandoned or in need of temporary placement pending foster care.
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 needed services is provided.
Staff include the executive director, administrative assistant, social worker, twelve full and part time direct care employees, and a licensed clinical social worker who provides therapy.