Stepping Stones Resource Center provides homeless prevention and intervention services for transition age youth from ages 16-26 with most of the persons served just under age 22. Since opening in 2009, SSRC continues to see over 800 youth each year, serving as a drop-in center where youth can access basic needs (food, clothing, hygiene, winter gear, etc.) as well as utilize laundry, showers, safe day-time sleep space, computers, case management, education/employment assistance, life skills education and mental health services.
They also operate a 5 bedroom Transitional Living Program, and in the spring of 2014 will be opening ND’s first permanent supportive housing program with 21 single units and four 2-bedroom family units.
In working with youth who are engaged in survival sex to make ends meet, sneaking into apartment stairwells, walking around Wal-Mart all night, doing whatever they have to do to stay out of the elements—our staff began discussing the option of keeping SSRC open overnight 7 days a week. To keep this option open for youth for the remaining cold months, we will need to access overnight volunteers.
The guests who will utilize Extended Hours are pre-screened by our licensed social workers and most likely will be very familiar to the center. SSRC has the bedding, air-beds, couches, food, etc. we just need the overnight staff supervision.
Contact Sarah Kennedy for more information at 701.232.3301.