After years of community planning and gathering youth input, Pathfinders moved to its current location on Holton St. in 2010 and expanded its services with the addition of two new programs, Q-BLOK and the Drop-In Center. Q-BLOK is an innovative supported housing program offering safe, stable housing and wraparound support for LGBTQ+ youth experiencing homelessness. The Drop-In Center was created by and for youth to provide a safe day shelter space, basic needs services and centralized case management. The Drop-In Center is one of only a handful in the country serving homeless youth in this innovative way, and is often described as the hub of Pathfinders’ services.
Pathfinders merged in 2012 with Southeastern Youth and Family Services, Inc., bringing Milwaukee’s only MPS-contracted behavioral reassignment middle school, the Southeastern Education Center, to Pathfinders’ portfolio of services.
This decade also included the design and implementation of three new strategic, specialized programs that meet the needs of highly vulnerable youth populations. The New Paths program serves youth who are experiencing sex trafficking; PATHS is a supported housing program serving youth aging out of foster care; and Clinical Services provides coordinated comprehensive services to youth living with mental health and/or substance use diagnoses.