Welcome to Shelter4Youth

Welcome to Shelter4Youth

Welcome to Shelter4YouthWelcome to Shelter4YouthWelcome to Shelter4Youth

Shelter4Youth is a community-based nonprofit (501c3) in Central Oregon that exists to end homelessness for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ+) and all sexual minority youth




Whether you’re one of the thousands of LGBTQ+ young people experiencing  homelessness in Central Oregon, you’re looking for an adult mentor, you’re not  feeling safe at school, or you just want a hot meal and a  welcoming space to  connect with others your age, we can help.

We are a community-based organization focused on making our part of the world a better place for homeless LGBTQ+ kids.

Homelessness is a rapidly growing issue in our country, affecting even the smallest of communities.  But did you know:

  • 40% of the homeless youth served by agencies identify as LGBTQ+ 
  • 43% of clients served by drop-in centers identified as LGBTQ+ 
  • 30% of street outreach clients identified as LGBTQ+
  • 30% of clients utilizing housing programs identified as LGBTQ+ 


Studies completed in 2017 found that LGBTQ young adults had a 120 percent higher risk of reporting homelessness compared to youth who identified as heterosexual and cisgender. They also found that one in 30 youth ages 13-17 experienced a form of homelessness over a 12-month period and one in 10 young adults ages 18-25 experienced a form of homelessness over a 12-month period. Sadly, these numbers are substantially higher in rural areas with causes ranging from parental bullying, school bullying, strong community and religious push-back and lack of community outreach.

The consequences of homelessness, particularly for LGBTQ+ youth, are far reaching and can last a lifetime. Homelessness is harmful to mental and physical health, and youth who are homeless are at an increased risk for sexual abuse and exploitation, chemical and alcohol dependency, social stigma and discrimination. These youth also experience lower levels of long-term educational attainment—placing them at an even greater disadvantage when they enter the job market. Growing up without the critical family and social safety nets so many young people rely on results in catastrophic consequences for economic stability, educational attainment and life expectancy.

Little support exists at the federal level to provide funding for programs that improve family relationships and reduce homelessness among LGBTQ+ youth. As a result, homeless youth, particularly LGBTQ+ youth, continue to face severe obstacles in their emotional and professional development.

Shelter4Youth endeavors to provide a safe space for at-risk LGBTQ+ youth. Existing shelters in Central Oregon will not accept unaccompanied minors, hospital services are unavailable and schools are ill-equipped to help. By providing a safe and protective shelter, a hot meal and a better look at what the future could be Shelter4Youth believes that we can save children that have been tossed aside by society and family. Our timeline is simple: by Fall 2019, no child will be abandoned to the streets.


Get Involved


Are you passionate about what we're doing? Let us know! We are always looking for volunteers to help us make our vision a reality. We'll help you find a way to volunteer that best suits you. We're excited to have you join the team!

Thank You


Whether you help through monetary donations, volunteering your time, or spreading our mission through word-of-mouth, thank you. We couldn't accomplish our goals without the help of supporters like you. 





 CAIT BOYCE moved from San Francisco to Central Oregon in 2004. She has served as the President of PFLAG Central Oregon for 3 years and is the Treasurer for OUT Central Oregon. Since 1971, Cait has been involved with LGBTQ organizations including ACT UP!, Human Rights Campaign (HRC), International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Intersex Law Association (ILGLaw), Matthew Shepard Foundation, and the National LGBTQ Task Force.  Cait was the founder and CEO of The Center For Restorative Justice, a pathway to peace for communities and the incarcerated. 



THOMAS WRISLEY - Board Secretary

THOMAS WRISLEY a Central Oregon native, graduated from La Pine High School in 2016. Since then, he’s served on various campaigns and organizations in order to advocate for his beliefs of compassion and thoughtfulness. A gifted communicator, but an even better listener, Thomas believes in open-mindedness and the value of negotiating in good faith. His strong sense of duty to his community drives him to advocate on behalf of the underprivileged, which is a mantle that he is honored to carry.




MEGAN STACKHOUSE a Central Oregon native, has been a long time advocate  and activist for human rights. She graduated from Bend Senior High and  earned her bachelors in Sociology at the University of Oregon despite  experiencing homelessness in her late teens and early 20s. She loves  camping, dancing, swimming, art and spending time with her cats. As a  queer woman she has been a volunteered for local LGBTQ organizations and served as Pride Director in 2016 and 2017.  She not only  brings experience, but passion to the position of Treasurer for  Shelter4Youth.



KRISTIN BECK - Board Member at Large and Honorary Spokesperson

For 20 years, Christopher Beck served as a U.S. Navy SEAL in some of the most dangerous battlegrounds in the world, including Iraq and Afghanistan and earned medals and commendations including the Bronze Star for bravery and a Purple Heart.

But for those 20 years while Beck was fighting for his country, he was also fighting an inner battle over his identity. He wanted to live his life as a woman.

After retiring in 2011, Beck did just that. Kristin Beck never does anything in a small way. She chose to come out and share her story as a transgender woman on CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360" show before an audience of millions. Kristin is a social justice warrior and an eloquent speaker, telling her story across the United States. Check out the Kristin Beck story "Lady Valor", a CNN Film.  Kristin is the President of Mindful Valor Foundation, a non-profit serving victims of trauma.

Our Board - Continued



I joined  Harcourts The Garner Group Real Estate after earning my Oregon real  estate license in July 2015. Born and raised in Oregon, I graduated from  Redmond High School and later attended Bridgewater State University,  Bridgewater, Mass., majoring in social studies. 

Truth  be told I am very fond of animals and an active volunteer in community  and charitable endeavors. I am a member of NAGLREP (National Gay and  Lesbian Real Estate Professionals) since 2015. It is incredibly  important to me to truthfully live by the Realtor Code of Ethics as an  equal opportunity agent. I served on the Diversity Committee of Oregon  Association of Realtors for the 2018-2019 year and on Human Dignity  Coalition Board as President during 2016-2017. Currently serve as a  mentor for Big Brother's Big Sisters LGBTQ mentorship program in Central  Oregon. 

While  I believe in hard work, I also believe in a healthy balance and put my  family first. Married in 2015 - my wife and I together have a small but  happy home with our furbabies Junebug and Willow. Frequently we take  advantage of the amazing place we live, going for hikes, climbs,  fishing, kayaking, and enjoying our many restaurants and breweries. 



CHIEF DAVE TARBET - ex-officio board member

Chief Dave Tarbet has served in law enforcement for over 30 years, the last eight as Chief of Police for the Redmond Police Department. Dave gets the most satisfaction from his job leading and coaching his staff to be successful in their careers. He enjoys serving on the Housing Works Board of Commissioners and is a member of the Oregon Association Chiefs of Police. Dave is an Army veteran, holds a B.S. and M.S. in Criminal Justice Administration, and,  when not working, enjoys fishing, hunting and exploring the Northwest.


Donate Now

Shelter4Youth is dedicated to improving the lives of LGBTQ+ homeless youth in our community. 

Your contribution today helps us make a difference for a better tomorrow.  

Shelter4Youth is a recognized tax deductible organization under IRC Section 501(c)(3)

EIN: 83-2836996


PO Box 1233

Redmond, OR 97756

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