The mission of Walker's Point Youth & Family Center is to meet the needs of runaway, homeless, and other troubled youth and their families from Milwaukee's diverse communities by providing services to empower youth, help them resolve personal and family problems, strengthen family relationships, and support safe and stable homes. We are a private, non-profit corporation which has been providing help to Milwaukee area youth and families since 1976. We offer shelter, counseling, educational and other services to help young people resolve their problems and strengthen family relationships. Teens who come to us for help are usually doing so because they are having serious problems at home. Many leave home because of reported physical or sexual abuse or neglect. Many of these teens also come from alcohol or drug addicted families. In recent years we have noted a major rise in homeless youth needing services. Our goals are to encourage families to work out their problems , help youth to decide upon a positive course of action and ensure a more stable living environment for youth. It is difficult to get a full sense of the size of the homeless youth population in Milwaukee, as these vulnerable teens tend to stay out of the public eye. Yet according to the national runaway prevalence study from the Urban Institute in 2010, one in five youth run away from home before reaching the age of eighteen, and that half of these run away two or more times. Reports of child abuse and neglect, a common issue cited by youth in emergency shelter, have also been at very high levels.
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