It started with one girl…
In the winter of 2006, a young girl entered the non-profit agency For A Better Tomorrow. She requested rubber bands so that she could tie her pant legs out of the snow. She was 14 years old, pregnant, and homeless. The father of her child had left town, her mother was institutionalized for drug use, and her father was dying of cancer. After this incident, concerned community members, including Rod Bryant, came to a shocking realization; there were no services in Yakima to accommodate the unique needs of youth who are experiencing homelessness. Through the combined efforts of these individuals, donations from social service agencies and countless volunteer hours, Rod’s House came into being.
Now, 10 years later, Rod's House has helped 1,500+ youth and young adults through the following programs...
Rod's House Leaders
The Rod's House Leaders program ensures youth have a voice in daily operations and procedures, develops peer mentor relationships, engages youth in outreach, and helps with personal leadership development. Youth who are eligible for Rod's House Leaders are identified by staff, and given the opportunity to complete an application. Leaders meet in a group format each month, with Rod's House staff as facilitators.
Young Adult Extreme Winter Weather Shelter
The Young Adult Extreme Winter Weather Shelter was a community project led by the Homeless Network of Yakima County Youth Coalition, supported by Rod's House, Englewood Christian Church, and an array of community members. Running from mid-November to mid-March, the YAEWWS provides shelter for youth ages 18-24. In March 2019, the Network voted to transfer the project to Rod's House.