The youth in Cheyenne will soon be our future, but for some of our youth the future seems to be a little more difficult. Some of these youth are left homeless as they are not in physical custody of a parent or guardian. Many of the times they find their selves in unsafe situation such as living in cars or even at parks. Without a stable roof over their heads it makes succeeding difficult.
As of January 2018, Gateway is happy to be involved with constructing a new twin-home that will house homeless teenagers in Laramie County. The twin-home will be built on Fox Farm Road and will house youth age 16-20. Each home will house 5 students and house parents.
A great room layout on main floor with fireplace, house parent bedroom with adjoining bath, laundry and powder room. The upper floor has 2 student bedrooms, shared bath and a study room. The lower level has 2 student bedrooms, a shared bath, student storage room, and family room. Each home is 3, 165 sq. ft. with the total building 6330 sq. ft. The build cost is $620,000. There is potential for an accessory building of 580 sq. ft. on the property for an estimated $30,000.
About the Unaccompanied Student Initiative Program
The program is set around helping unaccompanied homeless students which are youth experiencing homelessness while not in the physical custody of a parent or guardian. The objective of this program is to provide safe and stable housing for unaccompanied students by building a continuum of care, and to get all students to graduate high school with their peers.
This program will help benefit the community in many ways. It provides a safe and stable home setting for unaccompanied students by getting them off the street. It provides resources to help the students resolve issues and stay in school. The program promotes high school graduation and improved wage earning abilities. It also helps make the student a productive member of the community.
The vision is to develop two homes per school triad: East, South and Central. House rules will apply, including prohibition of drugs and alcohol.
Since starting the housing continuum in 2015, Strong Families Action Team has provided shelter to 16 youth, using both the pilot residence and support to youth in host homes. Fifteen of these youth have graduated or will graduate this May from high school. This is an increase of over 40% in the graduation rate of Unaccompanied Students.
“We were very blessed with a wonderful home and supportive parents. You can’t not get involved if you have had that kind of blessing.” –Alane West, Strong Action Team
Gateway has also been involved in multiple projects throughout the community. Some recent projects Gateway has worked on include Element Church office and suite remodel, Woodhouse, Roden & Nethercott office remodel and expansion, and Bank of the West lobby remodel. Complete communication is one of our core values, and we communicate efficiently and effectively with all who we encounter with.