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Bar None Q&A

Frequently asked questions

How are youth referred to Bar None ShelterPlus Residential Services?

Youth may be referred to Bar None by their parents, a social worker, a probation officer, or by a court order. Please contact our Intake Coordinator, Sara Ellis, at 763-252-4541, or sara.ellis@voamn.org for more information, or to begin the referral process.

What services are currently offered at Bar None?

Bar None is offers the ShelterPlus program, which provides a safe and supportive short-term living environment for male and female adolescents between the ages of 12-17 years old who are transitioning from one environment to another. The program emphasizes skills development for youth and their families, designed to help stabilize and manage emotional and behavioral difficulties the youth face in preparation for change in their lives. Goals of the program include challenging youth to create a new vision by giving them respect, instilling values, developing skills, and enhancing their self-worth.

    How are services funded?

    Funding for the shelter program is solely through county social services/corrections screening and approval.

    Where do youth attend school while at Bar None?

    All youth have the option to continue attending their current public school while in the Bar None ShelterPlus program, and all youth on the Bar None campus also have access to Crossroads School, which is a public school located on the Bar None campus and operated by St. Francis Area Schools. Crossroads School offers small class-sizes within a structured educational setting and provides regular education as well as specialized services based on individual student needs. School staff work cohesively with Bar None staff and other care team members to enhance the academic experience and success of each student. Although Crossroads is a public school, it is specifically designed for Bar None, and only youth who are currently part of Bar None programming are able to attend Crossroads. Bar None staff are present in the school throughout each day to provide additional support to youth in and out of the classroom as needed. 

    What kinds of recreational opportunities are available to Bar None program participants?

    Bar None recognizes the importance of recreation and leisure in the lives of our youth. As a result, program participants are given the opportunity for recreation on a daily basis. There is an on-site gymnasium and a Teen Center, ping-pong, air hockey, pool and foosball tables for participant use. The Bar None acreage is well suited for outdoor nature hikes, bike riding, rollerblading and camping. Additionally, participants can enjoy canoeing, fishing on Lake Norris during the summer months. Participants are also able to take part in off-site outings, such as going to a movie theater, the local mall, etc., as appropriate.

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