When hope seems lost, we leave a light on.

Hays House is for kids ages 9 to 17 who are runaways, homeless, victims of abuse or neglect, or just need a safe place. We provide a supportive, stable home environment to help them find their way forward.

In addition to emergency shelter services, we offer respite care. Respite care provides parents and caregivers with short-term care services that offer temporary relief and improve family stability. Respite can be planned or offered during emergencies or times of crisis.

Hays House is a comprehensive support system offering outpatient therapies, recreational activities, and educational support. These services are provided in a comforting environment, ensuring the children feel safe and secure.

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Our support services include:

  • Life-skills classes

  • Comprehensive counseling services from a Masters level clinician

    • Individual, group and family therapy
    • Group DBT and Equine Therapy 
    • Parent support services
  • Structured educational support

  • Community-based recreation

  • Independent living program for job readiness, GED preparation, and community resource connections

  • Fun environment - complete with video games, arts and crafts, a live-in shelter dog, and more

Do you know a child who would benefit from Hays House? Get help now. 


Idaho Youth Ranch is a Safe Place Partner

Idaho Youth Ranch Hays House is a Safe Place

If you or someone you know is having problems at home, suffering from abuse or neglect, are lost or in a situation, or need to talk about a problem, the nearest Safe Place site can connect you directly with resources to help. 

To find a Safe Place site:

  1. Look for the yellow and black diamond-shaped signs on local businesses, schools, fire stations, and more.

  2. Let an employee know you need help, and they'll get you connected with help right away.

  3. Learn more about Safe Place.

The Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval

Idaho Youth Ranch has earned The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval® for its outpatient counseling and therapy centers, including equine therapy, Hays House youth shelter, and adoptions program. 

Accreditation is awarded by demonstrating continuous compliance with The Joint Commission's performance standards. The Gold Seal is a symbol of quality that reflects a healthcare organization's commitment to providing safe and quality patient care.