Since 2018, Shelton Family Center has been providing community resources and a safe place for youth and families in Mason County. In September, Shelton Family Center expanded their services to include Shelton Youth Connection, a drop-in center for youth experiencing homelessness or hardship.
Shelton Youth Connection exists to provide youth ages 12–24 with the resources to meet their basic needs, and to give them a safe, welcoming environment in which to rest and connect to other community services. Since its opening, the drop-in center has been able to set up a clothing closet, survival gear, and hygiene kits available for youth. Shelton Family Center plans to expand the center’s services even further to include shower and laundry facilities, and they are currently 3/4th of the way to meeting their funding goal.
Shelton Family Center also runs a successful after-school program for youth called The Connection Point, which operates in Shelton High School, Olympic Middle School, Oakland Bay Junior High, and Hood Canal Middle School. The Connection point serves around 50 youth ages 12–19 weekly, and encourages the growth of soft skills and self-esteem through games and discussion.
Through programs like The Connection Point and Youth Connection, Shelton Family Center has been working hard to gather resources and build trust with youth in their community. As they continue to expand, youth in Mason County can expect an even stronger community of support.
For more information on any of the Shelton Family Center’s programs, or for ways to get involved, visit their website.