Youth Continuum
141 Valley Street
New Haven CT 06515
Contact Information
Address 141 Valley Street
New Haven, CT 06515-
Telephone (203) 562-3396 x
Fax 203-867-5888
Web and Social Media
The MacMullen Education, Training and Enrichment Center
Youth participating in our Skills For Life, Home-Building Program
Our Annual Youth Advocacy Awards are held annually to honor community leadership and highlight our youth's achievements

Youth Continuum prevents and addresses youth homelessness

A Great OpportunityHelpThe nonprofit has used this field to provide information about a special campaign, project or event that they are raising funds for now.
Winchester Manor, Connecticut's first supportive housing facility entirely dedicated for homeless youth will open in October.  This project will provide a stable and enriching environment for young adults to reach beyond "the streets" to a successful life. Services include: counseling, employment assistance and life skill training.  Our youth come to us with. literally, the clothes on their backs. Imagine not having the basics of life - toothbrush, a blanket, a change of clothes, a comb, soap.  Only after these are available does the real work of repairing their damaged lives begin. We are seeking $35,000 and/or goods to furnish the apartments in the building.  Items needed include: Microwaves, linens, dishes, kitchen supplies, personal supplies.
Thank you for your consideration 
A Great Opportunity Ending Date Dec 31 2018
At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 1968
Former Names
T.R.I.-R.Y.C. Training Research Institute for Residential Youth Centers, Inc.
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Supported Charity
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years Yes
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Carole A. Shomo
Board Chair Margaret MacMullen Ed.D
Board Chair Company Affiliation retired
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $4,186,641.00
Projected Expenses $4,186,641.00

Youth Continuum prevents and addresses youth homelessness


Founded in 1966, Youth Continuum has worked with the at-risk youth population since its inception. The agency serves over 1,500 young people annually with comprehensive services for homeless and runaway/throwaway teens, those exiting the child welfare system and youth in the juvenile justice/justice system. Currently, Youth Continuum operates two group homes, an emergency shelter, supportive housing programs, the only homeless youth outreach program in New Haven and an education, job and life-skill training program.  Our agency is accredited by the Council on Accreditation and is licensed by the Department of Children and Families.


Youth Continuum envisions a society where all youth are guaranteed a healthy and productive future.  We believe that every young person is capable of strengthening our community as compassionate and resourceful members of society. 

In a given year, Youth Continuum serves an average of 1,000 adolescents and young adults.  Our organization provides at-risk, neglected, abused and runaway youth with shelter, basic needs and support services designed to help them gain self sufficiency. Serving as our agency's storefront, our MacMullen Center in New Haven operates under an open door policy to any community youth with 24/7 access to shelter and emergency needs.

In the past year, our homeless service intakes have increased from 219 to 253 new clients and their children. 53% of our youth are pregnant or parenting, 60% are involved with the justice system and 90% are seeking employment and/or educational assistance. The MacMullen Center provides targeted outreach and intense case management for academic support, workforce development, life skills training and enrichment opportunities to more than 100 young people that access the facility each month.

Youth Continuum is accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA), which is the non-profit field's highest recognition for delivering quality child and family services.  Through our COA accreditation, we consistently evaluate the operations, quality of services, program results, client satisfaction and client outcomes. This ongoing review process is a fundamental piece of Youth Continuum's 'best practice' model and efforts toward continuous quality improvements. 

The economic downturn has brought more runaway and homeless youth seeking help and our capacity has been stretched far beyond its limit. Additional staff to address the needs of youth are needed. Thus, contributions that support salaries and overhead are most needed at this time.  In addition, we are looking to build a model housing facility for  that will provide long term services to the most needy homeless youth.
CEO Statement

Dear Community Philanthropists, Concerned Citizens and Inquisitors:

It seems we have recently opened the flood gates to a population that has remained invisible, yet ever present, in our community for the past several decades. Young people starting out in an adult world, identified as homeless, are actively striving to better themselves through our organization every day.  They are motivated to achieve and they trust in our staff and the programs to provide them the opportunities to do so.  Without us, these vulnerable youth will be left to a life of chronic homelessness, dependency on social services, and more likely to commit crime.  Supported by the comprehensive services of Youth Continuum they have the tools to catch up with their peers who have had the benefit of consistent family support.   We, instead, are their family.   

I hope that you will accept an invitation to visit us in New Haven.  I welcome your call, your questions, your visit, your suggestions and anything that may help Youth Continuum to provide for the youth that will soon be the future of Greater New Haven.

Carole A. Shomo, CEO

Board Chair Statement

Youth Continuum is the only organization in the Greater New Haven area that serves homeless youth. We change lives—Youth Continuum serves over 1,500 teenagers and young adults in need every year who come to us because they are homeless, runaway, or at risk.

Our continuum of care includes emergency shelter, street outreach, and drop-in care services headquartered in our MacMullen Center on Grand Avenue. We help many youth accessing these services move into one of our transitional living programs throughout the greater New Haven area. Our continuum of care also includes four therapeutic residences for youth in the child welfare, parole, and probation systems who do not have a home they can return to. All of our youth also access our education, training, and enrichment programs at the MacMullen Center.

Our youth come to us in crisis. Their long-term quality of life depends on how successfully they can manage this defining period of their lives. We believe that each one of the young people we work with deserves the chance to grow into a self-supporting adult who can manage their finances, maintain healthy relationships, secure steady employment, and nurture their own physical and psychological wellness.

We work collaboratively with a network of federal, state, and local funding and service partners to maintain our continuum of care. But these sources of support are increasingly tenuous. We need your help as well to end youth homelessness. Your contribution will help ensure that some of the most vulnerable members of our community are safe, nurtured, and acquiring the tools they need to move towards a future in which they can thrive.

Margaret MacMullen

President, Board of Directors

Youth Continuum

Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Youth Development / Youth Development Programs
Secondary Organization Category Mental Health & Crisis Intervention / Residential Mental Health Treatment
Tertiary Organization Category Housing, Shelter / Housing Support
Areas Served
East Haven
Lower Naugatuck Valley
New Haven
North Branford
North Haven
State wide
West Haven
State wide

Youth Continuum has a geographic catchment of over 500,000 people (New Haven and 21 surrounding towns) and is the only youth serving agency of its kind dedicated to both preventing and reversing homelessness among at-risk youth. Our outreach efforts are amplified through collaborations with many community partners including school systems, social service agencies, local businesses and volunteers.  Our street outreach team patrols New Haven's most needy communities - including Dwight, Newhallville, Fair Haven and the Hill neighborhoods. Over 100 presentations are made to groups throughout New Haven, the Valley and Shoreline towns to raise awareness and publicize our services.  

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments
Youth Continuum provides a comprehensive system of care for homeless, foster and juvenile justice youth.  Services include: housing, shelter, case management, assessment, counseling, education, tutoring, job readiness, on-the-job training, life skills instruction. 

Comprehensive program that provides academic support, workforce development programming, vocational and on-the-job training, life skills  and a variety workshops and artistic opportunities.

Population Served At-Risk Populations / Homeless / Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service.
Youth Continuum believes for youth to be self-sustaining in adulthood that education and work skill development is essential.  Many of our youth have had poor educational experiences and have not learned the world of work skills.  Programming is therefore aimed to achieve:
100% of youth will attain a high school diploma
100 % of youth develop work readiness skills and have meaningful
work experience that will lead to gainful employment
100% of youth will enroll in college
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.
Due to the complex and transient conditions under which at-risk and homeless young people live, reaching a youth with supportive programs and services is difficult. These youth also carry a deep mistrust of adults, commonly resulting in their avoidance of community services.  Understanding these obstacles, Youth Continuum has developed programming based on a neutral, safe, open-door environment that allows freedom of choice. Through our storefront facility, the MacMullen Center, any community youth has access to basic needs and services that provide the foundation for a self-sustaining adulthood -  education, work readiness training and employment support. Our goal is that 100% of youth who use this service completes high school and advances to college and/or trade school.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.

 Youth Continuum was recently awarded funding to incorporate the ‘Improve Outcomes’ software data system which will track soft skill acquisition through programs and services provided by our agency. This system was designed by New England Network for Child, Youth & Family Services (NEN) to answer a compelling need among child, youth, and family service agency’s for an easy, integrated, and efficient way to: 1) collect and organize information about client and program outcomes; 2) track participant achievement; 3) evaluate program effectiveness; and 4) promote consistency and effectiveness in case management, crisis management, and planning work with youth. ImProve will also be invaluable in helping us create outcomes, objectives and incremental indicators of success that are consistent with our mission and goals.

Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.

Recently adopted as an ongoing program within Youth Continuum’s MacMullen Center, Skills for Life provides hands-on training for youth to gain skills in the construction trade - from the planning phases to the full construction - in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Greater New Haven. Currently engaged in our fifth funded project (with thanks in part to the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven), our young people are given a unique opportunity to acquire skills through a rigorous mentoring program that leverages their ability to obtain permanent employment and sustain eventual independence. Over 100 youth have completed the program.

Youth Continuum provides supportive housing options for homeless youth. One-to-one case management assists youth to achieve educational goals and leverage their potential in the workforce as independent adults.  Youth must be working and/or attending school while in the program.
Population Served At-Risk Populations / Homeless / Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service.
Up to 30 youth participate in this program per year.  The majority of these clients are female and are pregnant or parenting when entering the program. Of these, 40% graduate from their education program and 62% continue education beyond the program.  Most hold part-time jobs in order to support their family.
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.

The toll on children shifted back and forth between severely compromised parents, foster homes and homelessness leaves young people without basic skills and the ability to mature into self-sufficient members of our community. Unable to maintain employment, adequate housing and a healthy lifestyle, these youth unknowingly embrace the cycle of poverty and are typically thrust into chronic homelessness as adults.

It is the goal of Youth Continuum to provide a pathway for at-risk youth to successfully transition into adulthood and to avoid chronic homelessness. Through our supportive housing programs they are provided with immediate basic needs and are given the tools to move on to independance.

Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.
Youth Continuum measures success one youth at a time.  Youth are involved in creating their immediate and long term life plan.  Staff guide and mentor youth throughout their journey that begins at Youth Continuum and continues into adulthood.  We encourage youth to continue to accept our help even after a youth leaves our facilities.
 A series of assessment tools are used to guide the development of an individual service plan to address immediate needs and long term goals for housing, education and employment.  Minimally, staff and youth meet formally each quarter to review and revise the plan.  Aggregate data is collected to determine the overall program and organizational results in specfic areas. 
In addition, data is recorded via the following tools:  Dept of Health and Human Service Runaway and Homeless Youth Information System;  Youth Continuum's customized database; HUD Information System;  Dept of Children and Families Database; Workforce Investment Act tracking forms; as well as program specific collection tools. 
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.
Youth Continuum has provided supportive housing services to youth for 16 years.  Our programs are audited annually by funders to ensure efficient and effective programming that answers a proven community need and our mission. Briefly, these reports place the program very good to excellent in all areas.
Description Long term, supportive group home living for foster youth ages 14 to 21 with emphasis on therapeutic care.  These programs serve as a "step-down" level for youth who are leaving residential care.    


Population Served At-Risk Populations / Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) / Males
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service.
Success is measured with each individual youth, and determined on a daily basis using the individual care plan that maps intermediate and long term goals for the youth.  A menu of opportunities are immediately available to assist in the achievement of the short and long term goals of each youth.  Several databases are used by agency case managers to detail youth progress
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.
Our six group home programs are structured to reintergrate youth back in to the community successfully and prepare them for sustained independence. A family type environment with focus on education, life skill development and career planning support youth to maximize their potential.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.
The long term goal of these programs are often not apparent until clients are well into adulthood.  For the immediate future, program outcomes are measured quarterly and annually.  Outcomes include:  educational success, job placement, attainment of life skills, rate of participation in determined mental health services, absence of negative behaviors, positive social relationships, etc.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.
Many youth have met or exceeded their goals and have moved into young adulthood.  Each day can mark youth sucess with day living, school participation, relationships, etc.  Youth Continuun has proudly graduated many youth from high school and college.  Since youth are always welcome to return to our homes, we have witnessed youth who are contributing and successful adults. 
In addition, our accreditating body - Council on Accreditation - has documented our agency as attaining and continuing to Strive for "best practice" in all our service areas.  The Deptartment of Health and Human Services and the CT Department of Children and Families audits our programs, quarterly and yearly to monitor us against national regulatory standards.  Youth Continuum has always scored at the highest level in these reviews. 

A four bed emergency shelter for homeless youth under the age of 18 is available  for up to 21 nights while basic necessities are provided, mental health and counseling needs are determined, and more permanent housing arrangements are sought.


Population Served At-Risk Populations / Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) / Homeless
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service.
Youth referred to our emergency shelter are given a safe place to stay with supervision and case management from highly qualified and trained staff. Case managers work with clients to determine mental, physical and housing needs.  Assessment are conducted to evaluate substance abuse history, life skills, educational status, mental health needs.
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.
Youth Continuum provides one of the only youth shelters for homeless teens in the state.  Over 250 youth sought the homeless services for Youth Continuum in 2010. 58% of these youth were female. This program provides a safe haven from the streets. We strive to give every homeless youth an opportunity to be safe and surrounded with the means to basic needs, mental health services, education and employment. 
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.
The Department of Health and Human Service and the City of New Haven formally (through data collections and quarterly reports) monitor progress toward identified client and program goals. 
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.

Jennifer arrived at Basic Center with her six week old infant, fleeing an abusive step father at the age of seventeen. Previous to her visit, she had been living with friends and had lost much of her clothing for herself and for her infant child.  Jennifer was also receiving methadone treatment, and her baby too was born drug addicted.


Basic Center was able to provide immediate shelter, counseling, food, clothing and basic needs for herself and her child. After staying with us for 21 days, we counseled her to sign into the Department of Children and Families and live in a permanent home for teen mothers and infants.


Teenagers need the support of a trusted program in order to make healthy decisions as they transition into adulthood and independence.   Our staff was able to gain Jennifer’s trust, clearly explain her options and allow her to make a life changing decision with confidence. Jennifer continues to participate in the Methadone Clinic, and her baby is doing well.

Targeted outreach efforts bring approximately 250 walk-ins off the street to our Intake Office each year. This program is the gateway to programs and services for homeless youth. Ours is the only program of its kind serving homeless youth in the greater New Haven area. 

Population Served At-Risk Populations / Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) / Homeless
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service. In 2008, 110 intakes were recorded through our Intake Office, jumping to 219 in 2009, many of whom were the result of client referrals. A referral from former clients translates to a unique kind of success when dealing with the youth population: It means that we have gained their faith and confidence. Today we are reaching a record number of homeless youth in the community who believe we can make a difference in their lives, and believing is half the battle.
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.
Youth Continuum provides the only homeless youth-serving program in the area.  We serve approximately 1,000 teenagers and youth adults each year.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.

The intake process involves a comprehensive evaluation and mental health screening used to develop an Individual Service Plan (ISP) with each youth.   The ISP identifies the need for education, employment, housing assistance, emergency shelter, and counseling; and includes assessments for job readiness, life-skills, and formal education. A multi-disciplinary team comprised of a licensed mental health clinician, case manager and job coach complete the full assessment within 48 hours. Once the ISP is complete, youth are introduced to a number of programs offered through the MacMullen Center. 

Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success. Terry came through the doors of the MacMullen Center for the first time with the sole of her shoe flopping against the tile floor. She carried a backpack over her shoulder and managed to tuck a head full of curls behind her ears. After confiding that she was homeless to one of her teachers, she was referred to our program.

At the age of 14, Terry's 'Gram' was diagnosed with terminal cancer and passed away quickly. She was the backbone of the family and took care of Terry and her mom, who suffered from severe depression.

Soon after Gram passed, Terry and her mother moved from shelter to shelter while Terry continued to attend high school. After a few weeks of living in shelters, Terry was abandoned by her mother and left to her aunts care. Just before her 15th birthday, Terry’s mother voluntarily gave up parental rights, and was never to be seen again.

After a few months of living with her aunt, Terry’s hopeful situation was shattered by intense physical abuse. The trauma lead to her first suicide attempt, a short term in a mental hospital for children and eventual release back to other family members. For the next several years, Terry was able to live between friends, neighbors and distant relatives, but each residence was short lived and a few times resulted in violence against her.

After a lifetime of unstable housing Terry hoped to to turn her life around with us. It was explained to her that in order to participate in our programs there would be rules to follow and personal goals that needed to be attained every month. She was ready to do whatever it would take. “I just don’t want to become a statistic,” she vowed.

Today, Terry lives in our supportive housing, receives counseling with our clinical therapist and actively participates in Life-Skills programming at our MacMullen Center. She has access to food and clothing whenever she needs it, and was able to find herself a bright red pair of ‘Doc’ Martin shoes to replace the old pair in our Clothes Closet.

Description Youth returning to the community are supported with a broad array of comprehensive and individualized education and vocational services that empower them to make positive life choices.  
Population Served / /
Description The Access Center, located at our Outreach Center, targets isolated or non-involved community youth ages 18-24 experiencing mental health, substance abuse, homelessness, family conflict, violence, trafficking or pregnancy.  Clinical and support services and linkages to additional community providers are available within a positive youth development environment.  
Population Served / /
Program Comments
CEO Comments

Dear Community Philanthropists, Concerned Citizens and Inquisitors:

I have spent over fifteen years  in this agency and have watched thousands of youth transition successfully to adulthood.  The transformation that they undergo is extraordinary.  Our staff guide and mentor them every step of the way.  I am grateful to be a part of Youth Conitnuum and proud to have served an organization making significant strides to prevent and reverse youth homelessness in our community.  

Carole A. Shomo, CEO

CEO/Executive Director
Ms. Carole A. Shomo
Term Start Oct 1999

Twenty years of progressive, results-oriented leadership experience in the management of human service organizations.  Proven record of success in re-engineering and system design, strategic planning, program and resource development, and fiscal management within a multi-service structure.


• Re-engineered and re-designed multi-service organization to achieve fiscal stability, effectiveness and relevancy in contemporary business environment.
• Led strategic planning process with Board of Directors that initiated sweeping organizational change, restructured staff, downsized operations and introduced new governance model.
• Initiated changes in operational systems to improve efficiency, build team structure, and create an environment supportive of innovative problem solving.
• Oversight of budgets in excess of $25 million.
• Annually reduced deficit by 25% through cost containment; achieved revenue increases of 20% through collaborative business ventures, grants and contracts, donor campaigns and special events.
• Increased $3 million portfolio return by 18% through use of innovative buy/sell methods.
• Raised $2 million in nine-month period from corporate and foundation sources to support priorities of $21 million capital campaign.
• Designed and implemented strategy for grantmaking resulting in 200% increase from prior year.
• Conceptualized, designed, implemented and expanded award winning programs for a diverse constituency in areas of domestic/child violence; youth and “at-risk” youth; homeless; physically and mentally challenged; incarcerated women; senior adults; early education; day care; parent training; psychological support; health and fitness.
• Designed and conducted program evaluation on all levels – research of impact; analysis of trends, discovery of problem areas; client satisfaction.
• Developed interdisciplinary programs in collaboration with business, community and state groups to provide seamless delivery systems that achieve stated objectives.

Number of Full Time Staff 42
Number of Part Time Staff 31
Number of Volunteers 10
Number of Contract Staff 1
Staff Retention Rate 40%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 40
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 17
Hispanic/Latino 13
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 3 multiracial
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 41
Female 30
Unspecified 2
Former CEOs and Terms
Angel Parker 1995 - Aug
David Sorenson 1992 -
Senior Staff
Title VP Operations
Title VP Finance
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
In an effort to enhance opportunities for the growing number of homeless youth in New Haven, our organization has forged relationships with a closely knit community of social service providers, non profit organizations and educational institutions in the Greater New Haven area. Collectively we have leveraged our services, outreach and success stories with frequent referrals between Youth Continuum and other agency’s for mental health services, training, medical assessments, coordination with local schools, counseling, referrals.  Together we serve as a family-support system for youth whose own family networks have failed them.
CertificationCouncil on Accreditation2020
Board Chair
Margaret MacMullen Ed.D
Company Affiliation retired
Term July 2016 to June 2017
Board of Directors
Ms. Deborah Armitage Yale University
Ilene Crawford Ph.DSouthern CT State University
MS Lisa DeFosses Ph.DAchievement First
Jaclyn Evans Birmingham Group Health Services
Neil Montovani Mr.Aetna
Anne Peters AttyCarmody, Torrance, Sandak, Hennessey
Lewis Schaeneman IIILewis Shaeneman Foundation
Margo Tucker Yale University
Penny Yellen
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 10
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 8
Risk Management Provisions
Automobile Insurance and Umbrella or Excess Insurance
Directors and Officers Policy
Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability
Improper Sexual Conduct/Sexual Abuse
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Audit, Compliance and Controls
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
CEO Comments

Dear Donor,,

We've recently made some exciting changes at Youth Continuum.

For decades, Youth Continuum has helped guide young people out of homelessness into stable, rewarding lives. In the

beginning their numbers were small. To find them, we had to go into the community with our outreach van and to work with schools and other agencies. We could almost a l ways find housing for them and give them the support they needed. We did it quietly and behind the scenes.

But their numbers are no longer small. We now serve 250 young people each year who a re without homes. They've run away from a n abusive family... or their aunt or grandmother has lost her job and can no longer afford to keep them... or their parents kicked them out...the list is endless. Ha lf of the young women we serve a re pregnant or already have a child. Their homelessness is already ta king a toll on the next generation.

We can no longer remain quiet and behind the scenes. Now these young people seek us out at our outreach center on Grand Avenue. They know that they will find people there to welcome and help them. They'll receive food, clothing, baby supplies, a place to shower, counseling, and help with employment and education. We ca n find housing for some, but not nearly enough

to meet the need. We can help them cope in adult shelters, but that isn't the answer. We need to be part of the solution. And we will be. Those a re the changes we want to tell you about.

Youth Continuum is uniquely positioned in greater New Haven to prevent and address the growing crisis of homelessness among our young people. That's our mission as an agency and that's what we are committed to, now more than ever.

To that end we are broadening our services and our facilities. We will:

• Expand the mental health services at our homeless outreach center;

• Pilot supportive housing facilities for homeless youth, both to alleviate the severe shortage and to provide needed support;

• Strengthen our services to help young people re-integrate into the com munity after incarceration;

• Conduct research with the University of South ern California and the University of Chicago to evaluate which young people are at risk of chronic homelessness and to determine the cost effectiveness to society of providing them the services we will pilot.

All of this is just the beginning. 2015 has been a pivotal year for us as we sharpen our focus and work with all levels of the community to halt this waste of young lives. We will keep you up to date on our progress. We appreciate the support you've given us in the past, and we hope that you'll continue to be our advocate and partner in ending youth homelessness.

Warm regards,

Ilene Crawford


Fiscal Year Start July 01 2016
Fiscal Year End June 30 2017
Projected Revenue $4,186,641.00
Projected Expenses $4,186,641.00
Credit Line Yes
Reserve Fund Yes
Audit Documents
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Revenue Sources ChartHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses$805($22,504)$1,844
Membership Dues------
Special Events--$54,004$53,091
Revenue In-Kind------
Prior Three Years Expense Allocations Chart
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$3,732,824$6,175,564$5,974,104
Administration Expense$799,033$1,063,325$1,017,427
Fundraising Expense$171$200$518
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.050.970.99
Program Expense/Total Expenses82%85%85%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$3,674,559$3,667,241$2,866,375
Current Assets$1,241,773$1,130,284$962,553
Long-Term Liabilities$2,353,472$2,372,321$1,433,493
Current Liabilities$227,043$405,870$342,733
Total Net Assets$1,095,044$889,050$1,090,149
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --DCF $5,669,033
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services $439,658
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --U.S. Dept. of Housing & Urban Dev. $276,593
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities5.472.782.81
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets64%65%50%
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Goal $1,500,000.00
Dates June 2013 to May 2016
Amount Raised To Date 1500000 as of Mar 2016
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
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