Homeless Youth Initiative



Who We Are

We are a group of helping professionals, i.e., high school social workers & counselors, several area churches and many concerned citizens.

We collaborate with Jefferson County Public High Schools, Arnold Food Pantry, Disability Resource Association, and Jefferson College to deliver goods and services.


What We Do

This program is designed to help 15 to 20 year olds who do not live with their families and are still in high school. Our primary goal is to assist these youths in becoming self-sufficient by providing them with the tools and resources they will need to be successful in an independent living situation.

You can help these young people by providing information about places who can help or by serving on our committees.

Contact HYI President Robin Scott at rsctt@hotmail.com for more information.



Thank You

Would like to say THANK YOU to the following groups who helped the Homeless Youth Initiative. Your generosity has helped the homeless youth in wonderful ways! We continue to survey their needs and grow this program to better serve them.

  • Arnold Food Pantry
  • Disability Resource Association
  • Good News Community Church (Festus)
  • Grace Presbyterian Church (Crystal City)
  • Hillside Presbyterian Church, Cedar Hill
  • Jefferson College
  • Mississippi River Eagles (Crystal City)
  • New Hope United Methodist Church, Arnold
  • Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, House Springs
  • St. John’s Lutheran (Arnold)
  • St. Martin United Church of Christ (Dittmer)
  • The Leader
  • Twin City Optimist Club (Crystal City & Festus)
  • Twin City Toyota, Festus
  • University of Missouri, Jefferson County Extension
  • Wild Sun Winery and Brewery
  • Windsor Baptist, Imperial



Your financial support is critical in helping us provide quality services to the youth in our community in crisis. Consider making a charitable gift to help provide supplies, pay for emergency needs and purchase holiday gifts at Christmas time.



Give by Mail
Checks may be made payable to “Homeless Youth Initiative” and mailed to:

Homeless Youth Initiative
130 Brandon Wallace Way
Festus, MO 63028


Fundraising Events

Homeless Youth Initiative Gallery

Pictures of fundraising and awareness events held to benefit the Homeless Youth Initiative.


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