Hosea Youth Services

Hosea's Mission is to Get Homeless Youth OFF the Street - Permanently

employment housing mentorship

Since 1997, Hosea Youth Services has Provided:

  • More than 80,000 meals
  • Over 1,000 job opportunities
  • More than 8,000 different items of clothing and other resources
  • Over 2,000 nights of safe shelter and housing assistance
  • More than 10,000 kids reached out to and served 
  • Over 1,000 opportunities for ministry (church, camp outs, baptisms, bible studies)
  • More than 500 volunteers
  • Over 50,000 hours of volunteer service

While there are success stories around jobs, housing, medical care and education, we like to think of every meal served and every night of hospitality as a success.

A special thanks goes to Walmart for their grant of $30,000 to provide vocational training for our youth. Their generosity furthers Hosea's mission to provide an alternative to chronic homelessness and unemployment for the youth of Lane County. 

All that Hosea does is possible because of the generosity and time of donors and volunteers who actively contribute. This last year, The Oregon Community Foundation has been a large supporter of our Drop-In Center, providing $20,000 in funding towards our programs. Special thanks also to Food For Lane County for providing much of the goods we need to serve three meals or more a week. There are also companies that go above and beyond in serving those that serve us. Thank you to Grant's Hearing Center who generously aided our work by helping with hearing aids and consultations for a faithful Hosea Thrift Store volunteer who could no longer hear customer requests. 

Offering Help When They Are Ready: A young man who was troubled, angry and running stumbled across Hosea at a point when he was desperate for change. Meanwhile his parents from California were trying to get in touch with him. We had occasion to meet him and let him know his parents were trying to get in touch. Between referrals, phone calls and dad driving here to take him to a program in Washington State he was reconciled to his parents and eager to have help making changes. The last thing we heard he had asked for was his guitar so he could learn to play while in treatment.