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
E-mail info@youthcontinuum.org
Web and Social Media
Ribbon Cutting with Mayor Harp, Rep. Robyn Porter, DOH Commissioner Klein and YC Staff
Mission

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.
 In October 2017, Youth Continuum launched the first and only young adult emergency shelter in Greater New Haven with generous funding from the United Way. An immediate success, the shelter, which serves single young adults ages 18-24, has been full, and has a waiting list, literally since day 2 of operations.  This project provides a critical resource for youth and young adults who generally do not utilize adult shelters due to feeling out of place among an older and more chronic population.  Not only is their immediate safety a primary concern, but by accessing shelter services, they become eligible for a wide range of housing programs and services.   The shelter is a safe, youth-specific, enriching environment for six young adults in crisis to reach beyond "the streets" on the way toward a more successful life. Services include: counseling, family mediation, linkages to main stream benefit resources, employment assistance and life skill training.
 
Unfortunately this project is in danger of closing due to the loss of our funding.  At Youth Continuum we are committed to continuing this critical service which has no counterpart in the area.  Without this shelter, youth will be back on the street and many will lose their eligibility for more stable housing. We are seeking $25,000 and/or goods to help fund the facility and staff costs and provide emergency support such as food and clothing for these vulnerable young people.  Items needed include: emergency food and clothing, personal hygiene supplies, artwork to decorate apartments, flexible funds to cover the costs of school supplies, clothing for interviews/work, tutors, and bus passes to get to and from employment or school.
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
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Paul E. Kosowsky
Board Chair Margaret MacMullen Ed.D
Board Chair Company Affiliation retired
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses Bar Graph - All Years
Statements
Mission

Youth Continuum prevents and addresses youth homelessness

Background

Founded in 1966, Youth Continuum has worked with the at-risk youth population since its inception. The agency serves over 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, two emergency shelters, five supportive housing programs, the only homeless youth outreach program in New Haven, a juvenile justice reentry program, and an mental health and substance abuse counseling program.  Our agency is accredited by the Council on Accreditation and is licensed by the Department of Children and Families.

 

Impact
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 over 400 homeless and/or at high-risk adolescents and young adults.  Our organization provides 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 Drop-In 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:

1. Youth Continuum (YC) has been identified as the lead agency to manage all unaccompanied homeless youth for the Greater New Haven region.  Any youth in crisis who is seeking emergency housing is automatically referred to YC for assessment and linkage to the most appropriate resource.  As a result, our homeless service intakes have increased to over 250 new clients and their children. 53% of our youth are pregnant or parenting, 60% have been involved with the child welfare and/or justice system and 90% are seeking employment and/or educational assistance. Our Outreach and Access Center staff provide targeted outreach and intense case management for academic support, workforce development, life skills training, linkage for mainstream resources, homeless verification and disability evaluation/verification, and enrichment opportunities to more than 100 young people that access the facility each month.   We have been able to provide housing to over 50 young adults each year, but the demand keeps growing.
2.  In 2017, YC opened the first Permanent Supportive Housing Program in CT dedicated to chronically homeless and disabled youth.
3.  In 2017, YC opened the first youth-specific shelter in the Greater New Haven area.  Opening in October, 2017, the shelter has been virtually full since day two of operations.  this critical resource allowed us to not only get vulnerable young people out of harms way, but allows us to collect data on their characteristics, and demonstrate the need for the shelter due to an on-going waiting list for eligible youth. 
4.  YC was awarded two grants to serve juvenile justice involved youth. One focuses on youth returning to the community following a period of incarceration, providing extra support to family, friends and other significant others to help prevent recidivism. The second, partnering with sister agencies - City Wide Youth Coalition and the Warren Kimbro Reentry Program - seeks to encourage young adults who have been effected by the justice system, to engage with the system to help inform and reform that system to better address the needs of youth. 
5.  Youth Continuum has been re-accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA) through 2020. COA 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. 
Needs
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.  Working with students at both Harvard and Yale, we are working intensively to construct and operate a state-of-the-art student led young adult shelter in New Haven.  Modeled after the nationally recognized Y2Y shelter associated with Harvard University, Youth Continuum is working with Yale students, State agencies, philanthropists and community members to bring this critical project to fruition fully in 2019, although we will be implementing the initial stages in the Fall of 2018. Our most critical needs include:
1.  Funding to support operation of this critical shelter project.
2.  Emergency funds to divert high-risk youth away from the homeless system wherever possible.
3.  Emergency supplies for youth waiting for shelter or housing (food, clothing, hygiene supplies, diapers, etc.)
4.  Funds to support client needs such as transportation, clothing for interviews, and to support school applications/supplies.
5.  Funds to support clients during the holidays when they are often alone and without supports. YC provides social events and gifts to all participants to the extent budget allows. 
 
CEO Statement

Dear Community Philanthropists and Concerned Citizens:

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.

Sincerely,
Paul Kosowsky, CEO

Board Chair Statement

Youth Continuum is the only organization in the Greater New Haven area that provides a comprehensive array of services for homeless youth and young adults. We change lives—Youth Continuum reaches over 1,500 teenagers and young adults in need every year, many of 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 Drop-In Center on Grand Avenue, as well an array of housing options for literally and/or chronically homeless. 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 three 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 Drop-In 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
Ansonia
Bethany
Branford
Cheshire
Derby
East Haven
Guilford
Hamden
Lower Naugatuck Valley
Madison
Milford
New Haven
North Branford
North Haven
Orange
Oxford
Seymour
Shelton
Shoreline
State wide
Wallingford
West Haven
Woodbridge
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 involved youth.  Services include: outreach and engagement, community education, emergency shelter, transitional and permanent housing, case management, assessment, counseling, education, tutoring, job readiness, on-the-job training, and life skills instruction. 
Programs
Description
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.  Programs include Permanent Supportive Housing for chronically homeless and disabled youth, shorter term Rapid Rehousing for literally homeless youth, and a Transitional Living Program where younger homeless youth (ages 16-22) can remain for up to 18 months.
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

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.

A six bed shelter for youth ages 18-24 was opened on October 1, 2017.  Young adults can remain for up to 60 days while return to family or placement into permanent housing is arranged.
 

 

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.
Description

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 following a period of incarceration 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 eighteen 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.  With a new Federal and State focus on ending youth homelessness now underway, we have an incredible opportunity to develop critical resources and system to end youth homelessness. As New Haven's lead agency addressing this issue, I urge you to join our efforts and engage with Youth Continuum in whatever way you can. Together, we can make the difference for our community. I am grateful to be a part of Youth Continuum and proud to serve an organization making significant strides to prevent and reverse youth homelessness in our community.  

Sincerely,
Paul Kosowsky, CEO

CEO/Executive Director
Paul E. Kosowsky
Term Start Jan 2018
Email pkosowsky@youthcontinuum.org
Experience

Paul Kosowsky has been working in the non-profit community for over 37 years. Receiving his Masters Degree in Social Work from Tulane University in 1980, he has worked in numerous clinical settings including psychiatric hospitals and day-treatment programs, residential and group living programs, and a variety of out-patient mental health and substance abuse settings, primarily in New Haven and Fairfield Counties.

 Paul served as the Vice President of Programs at Youth Continuum for 17 years prior to his promotion to Chief Executive Officer earlier this year. Paul's experience in program development, quality improvement and clinical services have transformed Youth Continuum over the past 17 years and we know he will continue to lead the agency into the future with the same levels of dedication, vision and determination. 

Co-CEO
Email cshomo@youthcontinuum.org
Experience
Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 45
Number of Part Time Staff 27
Number of Volunteers 15
Number of Contract Staff 1
Staff Retention Rate 40%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 41
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 23
Hispanic/Latino 8
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 25
Female 47
Unspecified 0
Former CEOs and Terms
NameTerm
Angele Parker 1995 - 1999
Ms. Carole Shomo Oct 1999 - Jan 2018
Senior Staff
Title Associate Executive Director
Title VP Finance
Title Director of Community Programs
Experience/Biography Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 20 years experience at Youth Continuum.  Oversees all homeless youth programs.
Title Director of Transitional Programs
Experience/Biography With over 35 years of work with youth in State care, Marty oversees our two therapeutic group homes and our juvenile justice re-entry program for youth returning to the community following a period of incarceration.
 
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
Collaborations

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. Beginning in 2017, Youth Continuum became identified as the lead agency for the Greater New Haven Coordinated Access Network for homeless youth under age 25.  This places Youth Continuum as the core provider for youth homeless services for our community, and recognizes the central role YC plays in bringing the community together to address this issues, including working together with other homeless providers such as Liberty Community Services, New Reach, Bethel Shelter in Milford, Yale New Haven Hospital, and many other agencies across the region.

In addition, we have partnered this year with the City Wide Youth Coalition and the Warren Kimbro reentry project to bring youth engaged in the justice system together to help to advocate for change within that system.  Self-advocacy is a critical skill needed youth.  Along with current systems change efforts that are currently open to hearing active youth-voice, this project promises the hope of a more effective and responsive system to addressing high-risk youth issues.

Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
CertificationCouncil on Accreditation2020
Board Chair
Margaret MacMullen Ed.D
Company Affiliation retired
Term July 2017 to June 2018
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Allyssa Antunes Yale University
Deborah Armitage Yale University
David Cabezas Key Bank
Ilene Crawford Ph.DSouthern CT State University
Lisa DeFosses Ph.DAchievement First
Candice Dormon
Jaclyn Evans Birmingham Group Health Services
Peggy MacMullen
Neil Montovani Mr.Aetna
Anne Peters AttyCarmody, Torrance, Sandak, Hennessey
Lewis Schaeneman IIILewis Shaeneman Foundation
Margo Tucker Yale University
Martha Woodcock
Penny Yellen
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 12
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 3
Female 12
Risk Management Provisions
Automobile Insurance and Umbrella or Excess Insurance
Directors and Officers Policy
Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability
Improper Sexual Conduct/Sexual Abuse
Youth Board Members
Additional Boards: Youth Board Members
NameAffiliationStatus
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Executive
Finance
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 always 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. Half 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 can 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 are 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 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. 2017 was another pivotal year for us as we sharpened our focus and work with all levels of the community to halt this waste of young lives. Last year we completed construction of the first youth-specific permanent supportive housing project for chronically homeless and disabled youth, and began a new young adult shelter that is profoundly improving the opportunities for our most vulnerable young people.  We are working with Yale and Harvard to expand our capacity while increasing our portfolio of housing options. In 2018 we have already opened a new shared housing project to help youth leave the homeless service system and have hired a highly experienced mediator to train our staff in diversion and family mediation to help keep families together. We are applying for new Federal funds to expand our integration into the local Coordinated Access Network as well as expand our housing options. 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,

Paul Kosowsky

Chief Executive Officer


 
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start July 01 2017
Fiscal Year End June 30 2018
Projected Revenue $4,340,042.00
Projected Expenses $4,338,305.00
Credit Line Yes
Reserve Fund Yes
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$3,813,175$3,674,559$3,667,241
Current Assets$1,389,091$1,241,773$1,130,284
Long-Term Liabilities$2,306,612$2,353,472$2,372,321
Current Liabilities$320,904$227,043$405,870
Total Net Assets$1,185,659$1,095,044$889,050
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
Comments
Foundation Staff Comments This profile, including the financial summaries prepared and submitted by the organization based on its own independent and/or internal audit processes and regulatory submissions, has been read by the Foundation. Some financial information from the organization’s IRS Form 990, audited financial statements or other financial documents approved has been inputted by Foundation staff. The Foundation has not audited the organization’s financial statements or tax filings, and makes no representations or warranties thereon. A more complete picture of the organization’s finances can be obtained by viewing the attached 990s and audited financials. To see if the organization has received a competitive grant from The Community Foundation in the last five years, please go to the General Information Tab of the profile.
Address 141 Valley Street
New Haven, CT 06515
Primary Phone 203 562-3396
Contact Email info@youthcontinuum.org
CEO/Executive Director Paul E. Kosowsky
Board Chair Margaret MacMullen Ed.D
Board Chair Company Affiliation retired

 

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