Emergency Shelter

Pathways offers emergency shelter to individuals and families experiencing homelessness within a 60 mile radius of Yankton. While in shelter, clients are given food, clothing, toiletries and other basic necessities free of charge. We offer 30 days for free in a 12-month period. If an individual needs to stay with us longer than 30 days, we charge $5 per night. We aim to cap stays at 60 days, but will be flexible depending on a person's needs. 

During the intake process, staff will work with clients to develop achievable goals towards getting back on their feet. Life skills training will be provided to clients lacking skills in a certain area. Pathways' Case Manager will meet with each client as often as necessary to ensure clients are connected with the proper resources in order to achieve their goals. 

Guidelines for Emergency Shelter

  • Individuals must be age 18 or older. Individuals under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

  • Pathways will obtain a background check on all adult clients from the Yankton County Clerk of Courts prior to entry.

  • Intakes are performed Monday through Friday, 8:00am-4:00pm. 

Barriers from entering Pathways

  • Must have no active warrants or pending charges.

  • Must not be on the sex offender registry.

  • Must be located within a 60-mile radius of Yankton. Pathways is not set up to be a relocation service or a halfway house.

  • Must be sober (not under the influence of any substance).

Rules of Pathways

  • Clients are assigned a room and given a key that must be given to a staff member whenever they leave the property. They are required to sign in and sign out every time they leave or return to the property. 

  • Clients are required to provide staff with a work schedule and employment verification upon finding work. Clients will have weekly chore lists they are required to complete (basic tasks around the property).

  • Curfew is 10:00 P.M. (unless they are working). All clients must perform a daily PBT before receiving their room key. Clients must stay in their rooms between the hours of 10:00 P.M. and 6:00 A.M., no exceptions. Surveillance cameras are in use at all times. All audio is recorded in the lobby. 

  • There is NO SMOKING in the rooms. No weapons are permitted on the property.

  • Anyone possessing or under the influence of drugs or alcohol will be immediately evicted. We reserve the right to perform random alcohol breath-tests at any time. Refusal to do the test is grounds for immediate eviction. 

  • Personal property is subject to inspection at any time, including vehicles. If staff believes there is contraband in a vehicle that is on the property they will notify police. 

  • All clients must shower daily, can not go barefoot, and must be fully clothed.

  • Client rooms must be neat and orderly. Staff will check rooms for this and failure to maintain one's room is grounds for immediate eviction. Cleaning supplies are available and vacuum must be emptied after each use. All trash must be removed from rooms daily. 

  • Clients should work to obtain employment within 14 days, and to exit the shelter after a 30 day stay. After 30 days in shelter all clients over 18 are responsible for paying a daily rate of $5 for an extended stay that can last another 30 days. Stays will not be granted past 60 days. The full policy of extended stays can be found in the lobby. 

  • Purposeful damages to premises or furnishings are grounds for immediate eviction. 

  • Physical or verbal abuse between other clients or staff will be cause for immediate eviction. 

  • Pathways assumes no responsibility for lost or stolen items or any injury suffered by other guests or personal negligence. All belongings that clients fail to take with them when they leave will be held for 48 hours. After that, they will be discarded or donated to the appropriate organization. 

  • During a client's stay there will be no pan-handling, soliciting or begging. We will make referrals to other agencies or use items donated to Pathways to meet their needs, but they are not allowed to ask for personal donations from: Churches, Contact Center or other clients. All items given to clients are donated and not to be sold, traded, bartered or returned to stores. 

  • Children are not to be left alone in the room for any reason. It is the parent/guardian's responsibility to care for and keep their children safe. 

  • All cooking will be completed in the community kitchen. The room contains a microwave, small refrigerator and coffee pot, but no other cooking appliances will be allowed in the room. 

  • Visitors must sign in when they come onto the property. They are not allowed in the rooms or on the property between 10:00 P.M. and 6:00 A.M. Pathways has the right to bar visitors or end visits. Visitors cannot receive services. 

  • There is a designated smoking area and container for cigarette butts. Lit cigarettes must remain within the smoking area. No smoking is allowed past curfew. 

  • Clients should bring all maintenance concerns to the attention of staff ASAP.