Francis Lauer Youth Services

Parent Organization: Youth and Shelter Services (YSS)

Location Information

50 N Eisenhower Ave, Mason City, IA, USA

Phone 6414237362 (answered 24/7) | Fax 6414236102

Licensed by the Iowa Department of Human Services, the Francis Lauer Emergency Services Shelter provides short-term care for youth requiring out-of-home treatment, as well as respite care in situations involving:

  • Physical health and safety concerns
  • Delinquent behaviors
  • Runaway behaviors
  • Truancy
  • Homelessness
  • Mental health struggles
  • Difficulties at home or school


In addition to the shelter beds, the staff of Francis Lauer’s crisis response unit works with providers (e.g. Juvenile Court Services, Department of Human Services) and families to address a crisis without requiring out-of-home placement for the youth.

Once referred, a youth quickly receives services, which could include:

  • Risk/safety assessment (by phone or in-person)
  • Meeting with the family (in their home or at Francis Lauer)
  • Helping the family and child de-escalate during a stressful situation
  • Developing a safety plan
  • Looking for alternatives for emergency shelter placement
  • Assisting with referrals and resources
  • Coordinating with other providers and agencies
  • Planning for discharge (if the youth is admitted to Francis Lauer)
  • Following up with the family to ensure continued success


Services are available for youth who:

  • Have run away or are homeless
  • Need help resolving family conflicts
  • Have been abused or neglected
  • Are adjudicated and waiting for court action


No Cost to Participant

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Appointment Needed: No

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