Gateway Youth Services
Gateway Youth Services a Division of Child and Family Charities, has been involved in the prevention and intervention of youth homelessness in the Greater Lansing Area for over 40 years—since 1970. Formerly, Gateway Community Services, the program strives to help runaway, homeless, and street youth. Through the generosity of the Kevin J. Moody family, Gateway has been able to offer a residential program that provides the only shelter (Higher Ground) for unaccompanied youth in the entire mid-Michigan area and a longer term residential (Crossroads) program. In October of 2014, Gateway Community Services merged with Child and Family Charities in order to strengthen programs and services for vulnerable youth. Since Gateway’s primary service population is youth, the new division adopted the name "Gateway Youth Services."
Gateway Youth Services primary goals are:
- To prevent youth from running away from home by providing supportive services to resolve family conflict.
- To reunify youth who have run away from home with their families whenever family conflict can be safely remedied.
- To identify safe living alternatives for youth when family reunification is not possible or in the best interest of the youth or family.
- To help young people successfully transition from adolescence to independence.
Gateway Youth Services helps youth ages 12 through 20 who lack safe, stable, and age-appropriately supervised housing. This includes youth who:
- Have expressed thoughts of running away
- Have a history of running away from home
- Are experiencing family conflict, abuse, neglect, family poverty, or improper supervision and/or care
- Have been asked to leave home or have been “kicked out” by their parent, legal guardian, or other adult caretaker
- Are "couch-surfing" or moving around from home to home
- Are living on the streets, in camps, or in other places not meant for human habitation including vehicles, abandoned buildings, garages, etc.
- Have parents or legal guardians who are also experiencing homelessness and may be staying in emergency shelters or "doubled up" with other families in overcrowded homes
- Have been unable to maintain independent housing, have been or are being evicted by a landlord or roommate, and do not have the means to secure a safe and stable alternative permanent living location
Programs, Hours of Operation, and Contact Information
24-Hour Crisis Hotline: Contact the crisis hotline 24 hours a day at 517-882-7217 or toll free at 1-877-833-3689 for support, information, and referral. Hotline is available for youth, parents, family members, and concerned citizens.
Street Outreach Program: For youth who are hesitant to commit to shelter services or do not know what services may exist for them; Street Outreach team members fill the gap by:
- educating youth about their options,
- providing emergency basic care needs items (food, clothing, hygiene products, baby items, safe sex supplies) until longer term supportive services can be arranged.
Contact the 24-hour crisis hotline to schedule a time and location where the Street Team can come to you. 517-882-7217 or toll free at 1-877-833-3689
- Prevention Services: For minor youth and their families who are experiencing increasing family conflict. Counseling and case management services are available to support the family in resolving family conflict in order to remain intact. Please contact the crisis hotline at 517-882-7217 or toll free at 1-877-833-3689 to speak to a counselor and schedule your first family assessment.
- Emergency Shelter Services: An unaccompanied minor shelter at the Kevin J. Moody Youth Home. The shelter is for minor youth who have left home or have been asked to leave home, short term (up to 21 days) emergency shelter is available while family reunification or alternative safe housing is secured. Contact the crisis hotline at 517-882-7217 or toll free at 1-877-833-3689 to inquire about bed availability.
Crossroads: For youth between the ages of 16 and 20 who do not have a safe and stable home to return to, Crossroads Transitional Living Program at the Kevin J. Moody Youth Home, offers youth up to 18 months of communal, supervised housing and supportive services to help youth make a healthy transition from homelessness to independence. Applicants for Crossroads must attend an informational meeting held each Tuesday at 4:00pm at the Child and Family Charities’ main office located at 4287 Five Oaks Drive, Lansing MI 48911. Youth may contact the crisis hotline for additional details prior to attending informational meetings.
T.R.U.E (Teens Understanding and Respecting Each-other): The LGBTQ Support Group, or TRUE is a program from Gateway, that helps lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth between the ages of 14 and 18 in the Lansing area. The mission of TRUE is to provide a safe space that is free from bullying, homophobia, biphobia, & transphobia for LGBTQ youth and allies ages 14-18.