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Youth Services

Staircase Youth Services provides services to at risk, runaway and homeless youth that are between the ages of 12-21 in Manistee County. The overriding goal of our agency is to promote positive youth development and strengthen families. Services are offered 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Please call 1-888-267-6086 for more information or help.




Early intervention and promoting positive youth development are the keys in providing services to risk and runaway youth.  The goals of our program are:


  1. Prevent youth from running away and placing themselves in an unsafe environment

  2. Strengthen youth and families

  3. Divert youth from becoming children “in the system”


Youth Outreach Specialists provide the following services at schools, homes, our office, or anywhere the youth is located:


  • Outreach

  • 24-hour crisis intervention

  • Assessments and referrals

  • 3 months of free, solution-focused sessions

  • Care Management

  • Short-term, voluntary foster care placement

  • Summer Enrichment Programming (SEP)



Staircase Youth Services, Transition to Adulthood Program (TAP): Young people between the ages of 17-21 that are homeless and in need of assistance


  • Assists in securing safe and nurturing living situations

  • Provides financial assistance for housing

  • Assures school and/or employment opportunities

  • Provides continual 24-hour support in the event of a crisis

  • Life Skill Training

  • Case management

  • Counseling

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5880 W. US 10

Ludington, Michigan 49431 


Staircase Youth Services

Executive Director

Cynthia Arneson

(231) 843-3200

Manistee Outreach Worker

Rita McCann


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"Be a leader in the Delivery of supportive, preventive, and homeless services for youth and families at-risk or in crisis."

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