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Helinski Shelter

Helinski Shelter, located at 110 N. York Street Wheeling, WV 26003, is a co-ed children’s shelter providing emergency care for children ages 8-17. The shelter provides room and board, supervision, and emergency stabilization services to children in need. Helinski also provides services to runaway and homeless youth and is a designated Safe Place.

A child can receive the following treatment services while residing at Helinski Shelter:

Case Management Services: A trained advocate who develops the child’s treatment plan and oversights the implementation of the plan.

Professional Services: Assessment and treatment planning that links the client to psychologists, physicians, and special needs treatment resources.

Around the Clock Supportive Counseling: Trained staff are always available to assist the client with emotional support and direction. The child will also participate in supportive groups that emphasize building such skills as anger management, decision making and various coping skills.

Medical Services: A contracted primary care physician treats all residents’ health care needs, while an RN monitors day-to-day health. Residents are linked to community specialists as needed, including dental and eye care.


Staff are trained in Medication Administration (AMAP), as well as the delivery of supportive counseling (individual and group). Staff receive annual training in crisis prevention (CPI), CPR, First Aid and Food Safety. Staff also receive training in the area of child development and behaviors associated with residential care. All services are provided under the direction of a licensed physician, licensed psychologist and experienced, qualified staff.

Contact for Admission and Information:

Please call 204-233-9627 Central Referral or Contact Youth Services System, Inc. at 1-800-YSS-8918 for questions or referrals.