How We Started
HomePlate was started when a group of youth and adults noticed that there was not a place in Washington County for young people to gather and learn about resources. The Juvenile Justice officers noticed more and more youth without a stable place to call home, the adult-shelters were seeing more and more young people without adequate support to navigate complex service systems, and the faith community was seeking out volunteer opportunities to contribute to their community. Those youth and adults worked together to make HomePlate -- a place where youth and community members come together to build relationships, find connections, and meet basic needs such as food and safety.