Open Letter

To:  All Shelter Care, Inc. Stakeholders

From: Wesley D. Fair, Ph.D., Executive Director

RE:  Annual Report of Agency Accomplishments

In 1972 Shelter Care Inc. was established to provide comprehensive residential care and services to those youth struggling with emotional, behavioral or family adjustment type issues.  Since then, Shelter Care, Inc. has helped countless children, youth and families in Summit County and surrounding counties. Through our 41 year history, our mission continues to grow, as we have become a leading provider of residential treatment.  As an agency, we take pride in our accomplishments as we evolve and strive to best meet the needs of the children, youth and families in our community.

In 2012, Shelter Care, Inc.  provided residential services to 738 youth.  An additional 2500 youth and families were served through non-residential services.  These numbers are reflective of the services provided through the Shelter Home Program, Safe Landing Youth Shelter for Boys and Girls, The Highlands Teen Pregnancy Shelter, the Respite Care Program and Street Outreach Services Program.

Over this time, Shelter Care, Inc. continues to maintain licensure through the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, certification through the Ohio Department of Mental Health, certification through the Ohio Department of Youth Services and accreditation through the Council on Accreditation.  In 2012 Shelter Care, Inc. began the process of billing Medicaid for mental health services provided to youth and families in both the Shelter Home Program and The Highlands Teen Pregnancy Shelter.  In 2012 the Shelter Care, Inc. clinical staff begun using Celerity LLC electronic medical records software.

Below are a list of some of the agency accomplishments for each program, as well as human resources and facility improvements.

Shelter Home Program:  

  • Served 20 boys and girls.
  • Maintained three homes for boys and one for girls, along with two planned respite homes.
  • Continued to provide quality in home care and a nurturing atmosphere by qualified sets of house parents.
  • Continued to provide individual and family counseling.
  • Provided Independent living skills groups for those youth over 16 years of age and a summer social skills group.
  • Community service projects such as made beds for homeless at the Haven of Rest; made blankets for the CARE center at Akron Children’s Hospital; community clean up programs through churches.
  • Served youth not only from Summit County, but also from Medina  County Department of Job and Family Services and Stark County Department of Job and Family Services
  • Reunified 8 youth with family
  • Boys from the Shelter Home Program participated in the B-About Sailing trip to Kelley’s Island on Lake Erie
  • Youth from the Shelter Home Program participated in the Outdoor Adventure High Ropes Course at Christian Children’s Home of Ohio in Wooster, Ohio.
  • 100 percent of youth in residence made progress toward their educational goals.
  • For those youth over the age of 16 employment skills were provided and began a job search.
  • Participated in health and wellness competition between shelter homes.
  • Went to Cedar Point, on hiking trips, bowling, Aeros games, McKinley Museum, The Akron Zoo and countless other excursions into the community.

 

Safe Landing Youth Shelter:

  • Served 265 boys and 264 girls through two crisis shelters, one for boys and one for girls.
  • 94 percent of youth exited to a positive placement.
  • Over 90 percent of exit surveys completed by youth and parents indicated ratings of the program in the satisfied to very satisfied range.
  • 1704 individual and family counseling sessions were provided to residential youth.   
  • 750 psycho-educational group activities were conducted.
  • Continued to provide a safe, clean and nurturing environment for youth, provided by competent residential care staff.
  • Expanded services provided to Summit County Juvenile Court through the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Iniatitive program and served 272 youth.
  • Expanded services to Medina County and Stark County.
  • Provided 70 drop-in counseling sessions.
  • Maintained two crisis phone lines and provided 1915 crisis calls.
  • Continued to provide educational services through Akron Public Schools’ Project RISE.
  • Took youth on field trips to the Akron Art Museum, Great Lakes Science Center, Aeros baseball games, etc.
  • Secured local funding through Lowe’s to complete landscaping at Boys Safe Landing that included a raised garden and meditation area.

 

The Highlands Teen Pregnancy Shelter:

  • Served 12 pregnant teens and 5 healthy babies.
  • Continued to provide a safe, nurturing and structured environment for pregnant and parenting teens and their infants.
  • Provided weekly Independent Living skills, parenting skills, Employment Training classes
  • 100 percent of pregnant and/or parenting youth attended school compared with the national average of 30 percent who actively attended
  •    100 percent of infants born were at a healthy birth weight
  •    100 percent of pregnant and/or parenting youth secured safe and stable housing
  •    100 percent have not had a subsequent pregnancy within twelve months
  • 100 percent of infants attended well-baby checks, received immunizations and reported good physical health
  • 100 percent secured supportive resources in the community including those by Pregnancy Care, AMHA,WIC, etc.
  • Established a Facebook page as a means to remain connected to past residents.
  • Continue to provide aftercare services to teen mothers after leaving the shelter.
  • Held the annual reunion picnic for current and former residents and their children.

 

Street Outreach Services:

  • Continued to provide survival items to homeless youth on the streets
  • Provided case management services to homeless youth
  • Participated in Project Homeless Connect
  • Co-chaired the City of Akron Point-in-Time Count and the Youth Point-in-Time Count (One of nine regions in the nation!)
  • 140 presentations were given at area middle and high schools reaching 4144 youth
  • Received federal funding through the United States Department of Health and Human Services Street Outreach Services grant

 

Respite Program:

  • Served 96 boys and girls in two respite homes
  • Transported youth all over Summit County 
  • Provided healthy activities and tutoring for youth in residence including the McKinley Museum and the Akron Zoo
  • Provided safe, clean environments for every youth as they transition from their home to respite

 

Facilities:

  • Expanded the parking lot at The Highlands
  • Painted the exterior of the Caston Road shelter home
  • New siding and roof at the South Avenue shelter home due to hail damage
  • New siding and French doors at The Highlands due to hail damage
  • New furnaces were replaced at South Avenue and Antoinette homes
  • New furnishings at Safe Landing Youth Shelter for Girls
  • Raised garden and outdoor meditation area at Safe Landing Youth Shelter for Boys compliments of Lowe’s Home Improvement
  • New cribs at The Highlands Teen Pregnancy Shelter
  • Continued outstanding care and maintenance of the outside of all facilities by spreading mulch, planting bushes and flowers and maintaining yard work.

 

Human Resources:

  • Shelter Care, Inc. continued to provide health insurance for all full-time staff with no employee contributions required.
  • Continued to provide five percent match for all employees who participate in the 403(b) program.
  • At the end 2012, there were 88 staff employed throughout the agency.
  • Shelter Care, Inc. provided 16 trainings for staff, as well as funding for continued education training for professional staff.
  • Honored Matt Davis from Boys Safe Landing, Chris Bartoletta from Girls Safe Landing and Hollie Ashworth from the Street Outreach Program for their years of service.