Shelter

Our licensed REACH facility is open all day and night to offer shelter for 10 to 17 year olds who need a safe, legal place to stay. Our professional staff is always ready to work with youth and parents to help improve the lines of communication and develop healthy family relationships.

The REACH facility is a large, comfortable home which offers both security and structure. Residents have many opportunities for quiet time, study, recreation, and counseling. REACH has been approved by the Michigan Department of Licensing as a licensed child caring institution, and our home has met all State and local fire, health and licensing regulations.

Young people may stay at the REACH home for up to 21 days, but the usual stay is about a week. During this time, we require residents to abide by our house rules, participate in counseling and group activities, share in household chores, and – if possible attend school. Our shelter is open 24 hours a day and staffed by both professional counselors and youth care specialists to supervise the residents.

Before we place any youth in the REACH shelter, we notify parents and seek their permission. While no one is ever required to stay at REACH, for safety's sake, we encourage runaways to take advantage of our housing. If a client chooses to leave the REACH shelter at any time, we notify parents right away.

At REACH, we cannot house any young person who is threatening harm, or who may be dangerous to themself or others.  Also, we will not return a client to a home which is unsafe.  If it is necessary for any REACH client to have long-term alternative living, we work with the family to find an alternative placement or another appropriate living situation.

If you would like to know more about our program, or if you – or someone you know could use our services, call REACH at (810) 233-8700 any time. REACH is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to offer immediate assistance to young people and their families.