Special COVID-19 Statement

YSB’s primary focus is on the health and safety of the youth we serve and that of our staff. We are committed to continuing to provide critical services that young people need to be safe, have shelter, and find the right tools and opportunities to rebuild their lives.  


These are challenging times for everyone, but it will be especially difficult for young people whose homes are far from being comforting, stable, and safe. As this crisis continues, the need for our services may grow.


We are regularly updating policies and procedures based on current recommendations from the St. Joseph County Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).


What are some changes at YSB? 

  • We are continuing to operate services – Safe Station Shelter, Transition Living Programs, Young Moms Self-Sufficiecy program, Street Outreach/Drop In Center and even our school based programs.  Numerous precautionary measures are in place to prioritize health and safety.

  • Contingency plans are in place to maintain essential staff coverage due to school closures or if illness dramatically impacts our workforce. 

  • Options have been made available for staff to work from home when possible, especially for those who are high-risk. 


We will continue to assess the situation as it develops and evolves. While the next couple of weeks are certainly going to be challenging, we will get through this.

We are honored to be part of such a loving and supportive community. 


We want to let you know about a few key provisions of the new CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act. This new law is designed to help you, businesses and nonprofits facing economic hardship during the coronavirus pandemic. 


The new law allows all taxpayers to take a charitable deduction of up to $300, even if you do not itemize. You might think that this is a small amount and would not make a difference. But what if all of our donors gave “just” $300? Such support would have a huge impact on those we serve.


Always consult with your financial advisor or tax professional to ascertain how these opportunities may complement your own personal, philanthropic and tax planning objectives.