Homeless Youth Initiative


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Helping Teens Today Become Proud Adults Tomorrow


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, Festus YMCA, Jefferson College and University of Missouri Extension 4-H to deliver goods and services.

What We Are Doing
This program is designed to help 15 to 18 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.

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


Would like to say THANK YOU to the following groups who helped the Homeless Youth Initiative last year. 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
  • Festus YMCA
  • Good News Community Church (Festus)
  • Grace Presbyterian Church (Crystal City)
  • Jefferson College
  • Mississippi River Eagles (Crystal City)
  • 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)
  • University of Missouri, Jefferson County Extension

Your financial support is critical in helping us provide quality services to the youth in our community in crisis. Please consider making a charitable gift to help us provide supplies, cover college entrance exam expenses, and purchase Christmas gifts during the holiday season.

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


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Title VI Notice

Disability Resource Association complies with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which states that "no person in the United States shall, on the ground of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance." For more information on the DRA Title VI program, and the procedures to file a complaint, contact the DRA Executive Director at 636-931-7696; or visit our administrative office at 130 Brandon Wallace Way, Festus MO.63028. More information is available on our Title VI page.