Located at 727 Chestnut Street, the Evansville Rescue Mission’s Youth Care Center (YCC) is a juvenile detention center for boys and girls between the ages of 12-17 years-old living in Vanderburgh County and the surrounding counties. Founded by Richard A. Alvis and Roger Mason, the YCC began as a multi-faceted facility for residential services in 1982 and then transitioned into a detention center for juvenile males in 1995 with the girl’s detention center opening in 2007.
As with each of the Evansville Rescue Mission’s ministry divisions, the Youth Care Center needs a variety of supplies from time to time. Please refer to this needs list to find out exactly
what the YCC needs.
Besides supplies, we could always use volunteer assistance at the Youth Care Center, specifically mentors for our youth and motivational speakers. Being that the YCC is a juvenile detention center, we adhere to the guidelines established by the Department of Correction to protect the confidentiality of our residents. Therefore, every potential volunteer completes and signs a confidentiality agreement before volunteering.
The YCC welcomes church groups and local agencies to volunteer their time by participating in any of the following activities:
The S.A.F.E. unit provides 32 beds for juvenile males. This unit is committed to instilling dignity, honor and respect into each resident while maintaining a very safe, secure, and structured environment.
The S.T.A.G.E. Unit is an all-female unit providing eight secure beds by compassionate, attentive and resourceful staff.
**All placements for either the S.A.F.E. or S.T.A.G.E. unit are made by the local juvenile judicial system or law enforcement.
During their stay, males and females participate in the following activities:
If ordered by the Vanderburgh County Juvenile Court, residents will participate in the following activities:
All residents complete the MAYSI-2 (Massachusetts Youth Screening Instrument, Version 2) brief mental health assessment upon admission. The MAYSI-2 alerts staff to any immediate mental health needs and critical concerns in order to best care for the residents. Results of the MAYSI-2 are provided to the Vanderburgh County Juvenile Court to create a continuum of care beyond the YCC.
Immediate Needs for ERM’s Youth Care Center
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