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Interface Youth Program


Sometimes parents and children need a break from each other. This “time out” can allow everyone a chance to calm down and gain perspective. Interface is a short-term youth shelter for children ages 10 to 17.  

Parents, friends, teachers, social workers, and police officers can all refer youth to Interface — youth may also refer themselves.  Interface is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. A child who is in need of services can come to our door both day and night.

Once there, a trained staff member talks to the youth about their situation and explains how the program works. Youth who decide to stay can count on a safe place to sleep, food, clothing, and personal support. Trained staff also provide crisis stabilization, counseling, and help youth address short-term needs  and long-term goals.    

Youth in this program typically meet with a counselor three times a week and are also expected to participate in group activities, and family counseling if possible. Youth are expected to attend school while at Interface, or to participate in the shelter Life Skills Program.

While we target youth in our 11-county service area, any youth may be eligible to participate in our programs. All services are provided at no cost to youth or families— your participation is your payment! 

To qualify, youth must be under 18 and cannot be involved with foster care or adjudicated delinquent  or under the supervision of the Department of Juvenile Justice at the time of services.  

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