The Wisconsin Association for Homeless and Runaway Services, formed in 1979, is a coalition of community based, voluntary, nonprofit agencies created to address the problem of runaway children that affects almost 26,000 Wisconsin families.
WAHRS AmeriCorps sites are located in both rural and urban areas, and are the only agencies in their communities that provide services to run away and homeless youth. Members strengthen program services by aiding in recruiting, training, and managing volunteers who provide peer counseling, street and community outreach, hotline coverage and a wide array of other support services. In the 2012-2013 program year, WAHRS AmeriCorps members recruited, trained, or managed 1,122 volunteers who provided 50,313 hours of service to the program.
In the 2012-2013 program year:
- Members had 35,753 contacts with youth, providing clothing, food, referrals, and transportation
- Over 3,409 youth accessed additional services
- 97% either returned home or to an alternative placement
- Only 3 percent of youth ran away again
Read more about the WAHRS AmeriCorps program in the 2014 Edition of Transforming Communities Through Service.