The Emergency Shelter-Basic Center Program is licensed as a Child Caring Institution by the Michigan Department of Consumer and Industry Services. Primary funding is provided through grants from the Michigan Department of Human Services, Department of Health and Human Services, the Michigan Department of Education School Nutrition Program and MSHDA. The agency also relies heavily on community and family donations. FYI does not take health insurance and is free to youth and families. A maximum of 6 youth, ages 12 thru 17, can be housed for up to 21 days. The agency is staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. FYI also has a 24 hour crisis line for youth, families and those interested in referring a youth to the program.
Life skills to help youth become successful include: positive communication skills, assertiveness, handling anger, conflict resolution skills, cultural diversity, decision making, self-esteem and handling stress, as well as, preparing lunch and dinner from scratch, meal planning, household chores, goal setting, healthy living, employment skills, handling money and community service.
Both individual and family counseling are required.
Positive opportunities for fun include: board games, card games, pool, activities at the local YMCA, exercise, nature walks, video games, basketball, arts and crafts, reading and recreational outings.