Empowering Youth


Empowering Youth provides shelter and critical aftercare services to help meet basic needs for homeless and unsafely housed youth and teens, ages birth to 18, and prepares them for success on the path ahead.


Program Details

Having our basic needs met opens us up to entirely new worlds of possibility.

The Empowering Youth program provides resources to homeless and unsafely housed youth and teens in southwest Missouri. Services include, but are not limited to: emergency shelter, clothing, transportation, access to job training, life skills, and connecting to other community resources. Shelter is provided through the Ozarks Family Resource Center in Springfield, Missouri.

Empowering Youth provides short-term shelter in a crisis situation, referral to pertinent resources, and mediation via individual, family and group counseling. The focus is on ensuring the youth and their families find a safe and stable living situation.


24/7 Emergency Helpline

Are you a youth or teen in need of emergency shelter? We can help! Call our emergency helpline anytime at (417) 861-4244. All calls are 100% confidential.



teen mom

“I left a bad home situation because it wasn’t safe for me and my baby, but then I was a homeless, unemployed, teen mom. I didn’t have anywhere to go and I was terrified my baby would be taken from me. The Empowering Youth program took us both in and I was able to keep my baby with me while the kind staff helped me figure out our next step. They helped me find a longer term transitional living program so I can get back on my feet and provide a better life for my baby.”


The Joint Commission

Sponsors of this Program

Department of Health and Human Services – Administration on Children, Youth, and Families