Youth Services: A child’s view of homelessness
Youth Services for Homeless Children
Youth Services for Homeless Children serves children from 0 – 18 in Vincent House and Vincent Village. This program focuses on their physical, cognitive, social and emotional development through after school tutoring, educational and enrichment activities, and additional referrals and coordination of services for special needs children. This services are on-site which is essential for families where transporation can be a large barrier.
Literacy Program / Afterschool Tutoring
A specialized on-going literacy program focuses on the importance of reading and engages children daily in literature activities. Partnerships include the Allen County Public Library, Early Childhood Alliance, Three Rivers Literacy Alliance, and Fort Wayne Community Schools. We also offer afterschool tutoring Monday through Thursday to both our Vincent House and Vincent Village Youth. Fort Wayne Community School teachers along with Vincent Village staff work to ensure academic success with over 850 hours of tutoring each year.
In order to ensure children and youth don’t internalize or continue the cycle of abuse, they must learn to deal with the emotions that are the result of many of their traumatic circumstances. Many youth internalize these circumstances and are understandably angry. Without understanding how to deal with this anger, they become resentful, have trouble with peer and adult relationships and can lash out in negative ways and can continue the cycle of abuse. "Seeing Red" is a curriculum for school aged kids that helps them regulate these emotions and react to challenging circumstances (sometimes even trauma) in a positive way.
Youth Services Supporters
Plymouth Congregational Church
Provides for field trips, holiday parties and camps for children in Vincent House and Vincent Village Program.
St. Mary’s Heritage Fund
Provides for quality daycare for parents while they are working on job readiness and self sufficiency programs.
High Quality Childcare
A collaboration between Brightpoint (CANI) and United Way of Allen County provides daycare at no cost to qualified parents living in Vincent House.
Christ Child Society
Provides back packs for all kids entering Vincent House shelter including hygiene supplies, stuffed animal and essentials such as socks and underwear.
Night Night Bags
Provided to infants and toddlers courtesy of Manchester College Initiative.