Windsor County Youth Services
6 Mill Street
Ludlow, VT 05149
(802) 228-6880 (24-hour)
House at 20 Mile Stream
756 Main Street
Proctorsville, VT 05153
(802) 226-7500 (24-hour)
Windsor County Youth Services' mission: to explore, develop and implement crisis prevention and early intervention programs for youth as well as to promote awareness of new and existing resources for healthier lifestyles and decision-making for youth and their families.
WCYS's Basic Center Program has two emergency shelters for youth: Mountainside House and the House at 20 Mile Stream. The program is for youth under 18 who are looking for a place to stay for a short period of time. Each shelter offers a structured living environment and an on-site tutoring program. Services are focused on family reunification: Windsor County Youth Services believes that in the right situation, a youth should be able to work towards reconnecting with his or her family.
WCYS supports youth through the Transitional Living Program (TLP), aged 16 1/2 to 22 for periods of up to 18 months. This is a long term program designed for youth looking to ease the process of going from a shelter to living on their own. During their time in TLP, residents are encouraged to finish their high school education, develop independent living skills and work toward maintaining a job. TLP youth share the house with the Emergency Shelter youth but have less structure and are given the opportunity to earn more independence.
Through VCRHYP's Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program, WCYS also offers Housing Navigation, Landlord Liaison, Rapid Rehousing, and Diversion services.
Through their PSSYF program, the agency also offers intensive case management for youth who may be struggling with family dynamics or are trying to live on their own.