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Hays Shelter Home

Cause Area

  • Children & Youth
  • Community
  • Emergency & Safety
  • Environment
  • Homeless & Housing


7221 W. Poplar St.Boise, ID 83704 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

Every child is born full of promise, and every child deserves a promising future.

The Idaho Youth Ranch has been helping good kids on a dangerous path find promising futures for more than 60 years, with youth programs and services through the state.

We offer emergency shelter, residential care, substance abuse treatment, job readiness training, alternative education, adoption services, family counseling, and more for at-risk kids and their struggling parents and families.

No matter what a child is up against, the Idaho Youth Ranch can help.

Every kid who comes to us faces their own unique challenges and issues. So we adapt our services to meet their needs, instead of the other way around. The Idaho Youth Ranch approach is to intervene early, when our help can do the most good; treat the whole child, not just one symptom; and finish the job by sticking with each kid as long as they need us.

Our work would not be possible without generous donations from people like you.

Thanks to our donors and our statewide network of 29 thrift stores, we can help kids and families effectively and immediately even if they can’t afford the entire cost of care.

Whenever you make a cash donation, shop at one of our stores, or donate items we can sell, you become part of our promise to Idaho’s kids. Thank you!


When hope seems lost, we leave a light on. Hays Shelter Home is here for kids who are runaways, homeless, or victims of abuse or neglect, with a safe place to stay, no matter what, no matter when.

Hays Shelter Home gives kids a safe, supportive, caring, stable place to live while we help them find their way forward. Our support services include life-skills classes, strength-based family and individual counseling from a master’s level clinician, structured education, and community-based recreation. Hays Shelter Home also provides access to an accredited academic program for grades 9 to 12 that includes GED instruction and testing.

All in the family.

Services and referrals are also available to parents who need help addressing problems that disrupt a healthy home, including conflict, running away, homelessness, school problems, neglect or abandonment, poor communication, and illegal behavior.

Emergency Help Line.

The only help line for Treasure Valley kids that is on-call and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call 208-322-2308 or toll free at 877-805-2308.


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