RYAN'S HOUSE FOR YOUTH UPDATES
It is with great pleasure that we would like to announce that Ryan’s House for Youth has received Capital Funding in the amount of $1,015,000! This very generous award to RHFY has given us the capability to expand our Coupeville Drop-in Center and add a brand-new kitchen to the much-needed space. This funding has also given us the ability to replace our existing roof over our housing area with a brand new one! During the application process, we thought of all the things that could benefit our wonderful participants and were successfully granted enough funding to replace our existing gravel driveway with a paved one as well as add more outbuildings to our current structures which include a music studio, woodworking studio, and computer lab. There will be many projects to come but it is with great support from our wonderful community that we are able to make this possible for our participants.
The new Night to Night Emergency Shelter program now enhances our ability to better serve youth. After much consideration and having received input from allied programs and our participants, we have added "low barrier" housing as an important new service option for participants. Low barrier shelter removes many of the obstacles and requirements preventing young people from obtaining shelter from the elements. Night to Night Shelter hours are 7:30pm-8:30am, 7 days a week. During this time, participants can receive services to include meals, showers, shelter, and participant-paced case management. Young Adult Drop-in hours are extended to 7 days a week as well. Our Coupeville Drop-in space provides young adults a place to seek shelter from the elements, secure a meal, enjoy a safe environment with Xbox and television, and work as well with a self-paced case management program thus increasing the success rates of the participants. RHFY is confident this innovative new service will better suit the needs of the young people of Island County. Our long-term Transitional Housing Program continues to be a strategic element of our services, as well as the Oak Harbor Drop-in Center for school-age youth and the Street Based Outreach Program.