1. First Steps:
  • To make the greatest impact, this program will target 5 RUSD Middle schools. Each of the 5 schools will be provided slots for 4 students.
  • School Social Workers will choose students who they think are appropriate and who will benefit from the program.
  • A SAFE Haven Youth and Family Advocate (Y&FA) will be assigned to each school. Each RUSD Social Worker will have the contact information for the worker assigned to their school and will make an initial referral by e-mail.
  • The Y&FA will contact the school social worker so that an initial appointment between the RUSD Social Worker, student, parent/guardian/ and Y&FA can be arranged at the school.
  • During this first meeting, the program will be explained, students and parents will sign an agreement to participate, sign necessary authorizations for release of confidential information and set the first appointments with the MSEP Y&FA, a one-to-one school visit with the student and a home visit with the family.
  1. First School Visit:
  • The Y&FA will discuss and then administer the Youth Risk and Resilience Inventory(YRRI).
  • Upon completion of the YRRI, the Y&FA will work with the youth to establish goals and objectives based on the result.
  1. First Home Visit:
    • The Y&FA will obtain input from the parent/guardian as to concerns they might have and incorporate those into goals for the family as appropriate. Goals may include referrals to other professionals and services.
    • A timeline for review and completion will be established for Home Visits. They will occur at least weekly for the first month and longer as deemed appropriate.
  1. Home Visits may include:
  • Individual sessions with the student or parent/guardian
  • Sessions with the family (The purpose of the family sessions will be to discuss progress and problems in a constructive way).
  1. The Y&FA will visit the student at his or her school as often as necessary.
  1. In addition to Home Visits, students will be invited to attend a weekly group meeting designed to develop skills and protective factors. Sisterhood, for girls ages 12-17, meets at the COP House on Thursday nights from 4:30-6:30pm, and Guys’ Group meets Tuesdays at the COP House from 6-7:30pm.  Some meetings may be more recreational in nature when warranted.
  1. The Y&FA will check in with RUSD Social Workers weekly either by phone or e-mail or other method that they agree upon. The Y&FA will keep grade and attendance records provided by the RUSD Social Worker on each student in the program.
  1. Any administrative or personnel concerns will be addressed directly to the Executive Director of SAFE Haven, Pamala Handrow.
  1. Selection of students for the program is made at the discretion of the RUSD Social Workers. It is hopeful that students, who although truant, have indicated an interest in the program or those who the Social Workers believes may benefit from the program.
  1. Discharge from the program:
  • Students who fail to keep 3 appointments in a row or who fail to make and keep a first appointment after 3 attempts will be discharged from the program.
  • Y&FA will advise the RUSD Social Worker immediately following discharge so that another student can be referred.
  • Students can also be discharged if the Y&FA, student, parents and RUSD worker agree that sufficient progress has been made so that ongoing services are no longer needed. Such student will be invited to continue in group as long as desired/appropriate.
  • Students/parents may terminate their involvement in the program at any time that they desire. Again, after any termination, the RUSD Social Worker will be notified and be permitted an additional referral.
  1. SAFE Haven Y&FAs will work with families to ensure that they have been able to successfully access services, reach established goals, and ensure follow-through. If families are Spanish speaking, bilingual staff will work with them to ensure that appointments are made and that interpretation is available.
  1. SAFE Haven MSEP Y&FA will work with families to transition students and families as they enter high school.
  1. Number of students to receive services in a year: 20 – 30.

Contact Information:

SAFE Haven: (262) 637-9559

Case Manager: Myah Pazdera

Email address:

This program is funded by the Racine Community Foundation.







SAFE Haven of Racine, Inc.
1030 Washington Ave.
Racine, WI 53403


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