Transitional Youth Services provides shelter, basic needs, life skills education and advocacy services for disenfranchised youth by supporting independent thought and empowering self-directed action.
Transitional Youth Services (TYS) provides three unique programs, including a drop-in center, transitional living program, and permanent supportive housing project. It is the goal of these programs to fill the need of sheltering and housing options, basic needs, life skills education and advocacy services for transitioning young adults ages 16 - 26 who are homeless or are at risk of being homeless.
Stepping Stones Resource Center is a drop in center located at 711 S University Drive, Fargo, ND. October – May it is open 8a-8pm. Summer hours begin after Labor Day and are 8a-6pm. Stepping Stones provides case management and access to basic needs such as bus passes, hygiene items, free laundry, blankets, computer and Wifi access, food, clothing, and children’s items including diapers, wipes and formula. We serve lunch weekdays from 12p-1p and hot breakfast on Wednesday mornings at 9:30. During the winter months SSRC adds an extended hours shelter program from 8p-8a to serve youth as the shelters in the area fill due to inclement weather.
Transitional Living Program was started in 2010 for transitional aged youth who are experiencing homelessness or at the highest risk of becoming homeless. Currently, we can serve 5 youth in our current housing. The program is 90 days assists youth in accessing permanent housing and other support services through case management offered to those in our program.
Our permanent supportive housing opened 2014 and is targeted toward transitional aged youth with a disability who are experiencing homelessness. We can currently serve 21 single youth and four families in our building. Transitional Youth Services also provides pre-tenancy services available to those eligible for our housing programs from the point of referral through application and signing the lease. Assistance is available for determining eligibility for housing, completing housing application, understanding roles and responsibilities of tenancy, engaging in services and support, assessing strengths and preferences which increase housing retention, and planning for support and service needs.