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What is KATS

KATS (Keep Area Teens Safe) is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) youth shelter care facility serving runaway and homeless youth as a bridge to services for kids in unstable situations in Marathon County.  We will provide safe and secure housing, meals, case management including connection to mentorship and academic support, and other community services for youth in central Wisconsin.  Our focus is youth ages 12 – 17.

Our Plan

We’ll provide a welcoming transitional home for up to eight teens at any given time who have encountered homelessness.  Our home will serve as a safe haven for up to 20 or more days while our outreach staff work to secure a long term, safe living environment for the teens.


The Goal
We aim to keep teens off the street to decrease the risk for trafficking or drug addiction and to offer the services they need to succeed.


Hillcrest House


The KATS youth shelter care facility is called Hillcrest house and is on a bus line across from a park and a church in a welcoming neighborhood not too far from the freeway to allow easy access for the teens.


Our relationship with the NCHC which recently started a youth psychiatric hospital, rounds out the area’s intensive effort to make a true difference in the lives of at risk teens.

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