History & Mission

Our mission is to empower youth & families (in Genesee, Lapeer, and Shiawassee counties) to change crisis into success through counseling, shelter, and the promotion of independent living skills.

History of REACH

While our program has expanded since its beginning, our mission remains the same: to help families in crisis and offer safe housing to runaways.  The REACH program began in 1977 in response to growing concern about the problem of runaway youth. A task force made up of representatives from area schools, probate court, law enforcement, community agencies, clergy, and young people met to establish our agency and its mission. They agreed to these REACH goals:

  • To preserve, assist, and reunite families whenever possible.
  • To offer a community-based alternative to the juvenile justice, or court process, for runaway youth.
  • To provide safe, secure, short-term shelter for runaways.
  • And to assist young people in identifying and using other appropriate community services.

For the first few years, our program operated under the jurisdiction of the Flint Community Schools. Then, in 1981, REACH secured federal funding and became an independent community program. At that time, REACH expanded services to include Lapeer and Shiawassee counties. The Genesee County office also moved to its present location at 914 Church Street, near downtown Flint.

Today, REACH is governed by the Genesee County Youth Corporation Board of Directors whose members represent a cross-section of the communities we serve. We receive our financial support from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development. Michigan Department of Human Services, Michigan State Housing & Development Authority, the United Way of Genesee County, the City of Flint, Genesee County, Lapeer County, and private donations. To further extend our services, REACH belongs to a statewide network of special agencies which offer alternatives to street life for runaways throughout Michigan.

History of Traverse Place

In 1996 the Genesee County Youth Corporation began acquiring funds through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Michigan State Housing and Development Authority (MSHDA), Genesee County and the City of Flint to purchase, renovate and operate a transitional living program for youth as a part of a fourteen agency "continuum of care" strategy to serve the homeless in Genesee County. In February 1998 the facility, now known as TRAVERSE PLACE began taking residents.