Youth & Shelter Services, Inc.


Youth & Shelter Services of Marshall County
Serving Marshall, Poweshiek, Tama, Jasper & Hardin County Residents - Contact Us
Youth, Runaway & Family Service Center
11 East State Street
Marshalltown, IA 50158
24 hour phone line:  (641) 752-2300
FAX (641) 752-4768
For appointment (641) 752-2300 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Youth & Shelter Services of Marshall County is a community based human service agency that provides community and home services to children, youth and families throughout Marshall County and surrounding areas.  We offer a wide variety of services including counseling, outreach, intervention, prevention, skill development, and case management. 
Intervention and Runaway Services
In an intervention situation, adolescents or parents may call or drop in at the Center for help. We specialize in providing services to homeless youth, young adults and young families. Immediate counseling and support is available to help divert youth from running away, to resolve conflicts at home, to work for family reconciliation, or assist in finding emergency shelter. Intervention may include referrals to other human service providers.

Referrals and Fees
Self and parent referrals constitute the bulk of crisis calls to our Service Center. There is no charge for crisis intervention. In a crisis situation, call our 24-Hour Help Line:  (641) 752-2300.

Individual, Family and Group Counseling
This program helps youth and their families deal with problems related to school, family communication, running away, involvement with the depression and special individual concerns.
Skill development is a major goal of this program. Communication, parenting, and everyday living skills are strengthened.
For family counseling, both youth and parents are frequently involved. An extended family member or close family friend is sometimes involved. Counseling is provided in the family's home or in our program office at 11 East State Street in Marshalltown.
For individual counseling, youth may attend up to three initial sessions without their parents. For special needs, individual counseling may be the most helpful. We also see parents individually if they have parenting concerns.
Group counseling and skill development are also available. One such group, for youth ages 13-18, focuses on the elimination of maladaptive behaviors and development of more effective life skills.

Referrals and Fees
Referrals may come from any concerned person, including parents, school personnel, attorneys, Juvenile Court and the Department of Human Services.
Services are funded by the Department of Human Services, Juvenile Court, Medicaid and the individual.

Transitional Living Programs
These programs are designed to assist and support homeless youth/young adults to self-sufficient living and prevent long term dependency on Social Services. Most participants live in scattered site apartments; female participants and their children may also be placed up to 6 months in the Host Home. Supervision is provided through a Case Manager and Monitors.

Independent Living Project
This is a Transitional Living Program that services single youth/young adults 16-21 years old who cannot live safely with a relative and who have no other safe living arrangement. Programming emphasizes everyday living skills such as budgeting, problem solving, running a household and seeking and securing a job. Residents must be willing to participate in an educational program and/or maintain a full or part-time job, and agree to save a portion of their salary. Our objectives include:
• To provide a safe, stable living environment for
• To provide basic skills, interpersonal skill-building, educational advancement, job attainment skills, and mental and physical care.
• To provide education, information and counseling, aimed at preventing, treating, and reducing substance abuse and other risky behaviors.

Any homeless youth between the ages of 16 and 21, who is not under the jurisdiction of a local probation or parole program. If youth is under the jurisdiction of a state or local probation or parole program eligibility will be considered on case by case basis.

New Hope and Lighthouse Projects
The Lighthouse and New Hope projects are transitional living programs for runaway or homeless females, 16 - 25 years old, most of whom are pregnant and/or parenting are eligible. If youth is under the jurisdiction of a state or local probation or parole program eligibility will be considered on case by case basis.
Participants are required to obtain and maintain full-time employment if they are not in school. If a resident is in school, part-time employment is necessary. Graduating from high school or obtaining a GED, whichever is appropriate, is required. Our objectives include:
• To provide a safe, stable living environment for up to 24 months while the youth in the program.
• To provide everyday living skills, parenting skills, knowledge of child development stages and nurturing techniques.
• To provide knowledge of nutrition, budgeting, job attainment, educational advancement and physical and mental health care.

Homeless females, 16 - 25 years old, most of whom are pregnant and/or parenting are eligible. If youth is under the jurisdiction of a state or local probation or parole program eligibility will be considered on case by case basis.

School Based Services
This program serves elementary, middle, and high school students in the Marshalltown School District. The counselor provides guidance and support for potential runaways and students with behavioral issues, and serves as a liaison between our agency and the school. Our objectives include:
• To offer crisis intervention for runaway youth and families.
• To lead support groups for independent living students, serving as a case manager for their school attendance, work performance and credit status.
• To track truancy and its cause among students.
• To assess for substance abuse and mental health concerns and refer to treatment.
Referrals come from school personnel, parents, other agencies, self, and other students.  Contact can be made through our Center at 641-752-2300.

Hispanic Outreach Prevention and Empowerment Project
This program is designed to assist and support youth, parents, teachers, human service agencies, and the community in helping Hispanic youth acquire self-esteem, positive status, and a sense of belonging. The Outreach Worker advocates for the Hispanic youth to integrate American culture while at the same time encouraging the youth to continue practicing and sharing their unique cultural differences. Objectives include:
• To provide prevention and intervention programs to divert Hispanic youth from delinquent behavior, family problems, gang activity and running away.
• To represent the Hispanic community, encouraging networking and community participation, including English as a Second Language classes.

Prevention Education and Early Intervention
Our agency provides prevention and early intervention programs throughout Marshall County for both school and community groups. We conduct programs, counseling and other educational support in the areas of youth development, family communication, runaway, suicide prevention and counseling, violence management, substance abuse prevention and other risk-taking behavior.
All school personnel and other human service providers who work with youth are in excellent position to notice when students are having problems or starting to make poor choices. When preventive measures such as educational programming, asset building and early intervention take place, the youth in our community stand a better chance of leading healthy and self-sufficient lives especially as they grow into adulthood.

Iowa Aftercare Services Network
Foster care youth who “age out” of foster care at age 18 can receive assistance from the Aftercare Network if they are:
•  A former foster care recipient. This includes family foster care, group foster care, or independent living.
•  At least 18 years old, but not yet 21 years old.
•  A resident of Iowa
YSS of Marshall County serves Aftercare participants in the following counties: Jasper, Marshall, Poweshiek, and Tama. Our office can connect eligible foster care youth in other locations with the appropriate center in their area.

Neutral Exchange / Visitation Program
The Child Access and Visitation program (CAVP) offers supervised visitation and a site for neutral exchanges between non custodial parents and their children. The program offers a unique service that includes:
• A safe, neutral location for children to be dropped off between parental visitation, especially when no-contact orders are in place between parents.

• Visitations between a non-custodial parent and their child(ren) in a relaxed, family friendly environment complete with toys, games, TV, and DVD player.

• Free mediation service (subcontracted through another agency) so parents can work out differences in visitation or exchange guidelines and procedures.

Family Development and Self-Sufficiency (FaDSS)
FaDSS offers programs to families headed by persons 25 years or younger who are receiving FIP or Promise Jobs benefits. Family Development Specialists are partnered with families to identify strengths, goals and barriers on the pathway to self-sufficiency. Referrals are made through the Workforce Center, other agencies and self referral.  Our objectives for this program include:
• To explore education, career training and job placement options with families.
• To work with families on personal goals to find housing, employment or childcare and to increase parenting and budgeting skills.
• To help in a personal or financial crisis.

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