Can you tell me more about VisionQuest and who they are?
VisionQuest National, Ltd. (VisionQuest) was established in 1973 in Tucson Arizona by founder Bob Burton, as an alternative for youth in the juvenile justice system. Instead of shutting young people away in locked institutions, VisionQuest envisioned providing youth with a healthy environment surrounded by positive role models, common sense, direction, and opportunities for growth and success. In the past 45 years, VisionQuest has served over 100,000 youth. Today, the organization continues to pursue this vision in ever broadening and deepening ways through a range of community-based and residential programs located across the United States. VisionQuest has grown into a comprehensive national human services organization that adheres to the highest professional standards in providing innovative intervention services to at-risk children and families. VisionQuest currently offers residential programming, community-based services, and in-home programs to children and their families in six states: Delaware, Maryland, Florida, Arizona, Pennsylvania, and Texas. These programs serve youth and families in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems, who experience mental health and substance abuse issues, unaccompanied minors, past commercial sexual exploitation and other varying results of trauma exposure.
What type of programs does VisionQuest offer?
VisionQuest opened its very first residential operation 40 years ago, serving youth in the child welfare system in small scale community-based group homes in Tucson, Arizona. Since then, VisionQuest has expanded across the country and now offers residential programs in Florida, Texas, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and Maryland. VisionQuest has in depth experience in operating: both short term and long term congregate care and residential programs for specialized populations; in both inner cities and rural locations; for both small census and large-scale operations; for males, females and transpopulations; ages three to 21 years old; in both the delinquency and child welfare systems. VisionQuest also offers community based services including reintegration services; foster parent recruitment, training and licensing services; case aid services; community outpatient clinics and school-based services. Additionally VisionQuest provides in home family services including Functional Family Therapy and trauma focused psychoeducational groups. VisionQuest places a strong emphasis in providing evidence-based and evidence supported practices to maximize families inherent capabilities and to increase their opportunities for success both while in care and upon discharge from the program.
How long has VisionQuest been working with migrant populations? Where are the VisionQuest migrant youth shelters located?
VisionQuest has been working with migrant populations since the 1980s, when we were awarded contracts to assist with the Cuban Entrant program to provide residential and community- based mental health services for Cuban Refugees who were exiled during the Cuban crisis. Most recently, VisionQuest was awarded a contract with The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) in 2015. Since then, VisionQuest has held a positive UAC discharge rate of 89%; which includes sponsor reunifications and transfers to the Unaccompanied Refugee Program (URM). In 2019, VisionQuest was awarded four more contracts through ORR to provide Shelter Care Programs in Tucson Arizona, Southern California, and San Antonio Texas.