Our staff strives daily to teach, nurture, and protect our youth.

Some of the features of our PASS programs include:

Healing and Caring Family Environment

High staff to child ratio

Home-like setting

Celebration of diverse cultures

Family meals

Individualized treatment plans

Relational model


Focus on insight development

Family Reunifications and Healthy Transitions

Work closely with families/kin

Build parenting skills

Help parents or kin build structure/rules/boundaries

Connect families to resources

Non-judgmental, empathetic family work

Educational Success

Full-time certified teacher and GED instructor on location

Expertise in Special Education Needs and Rights

Long-standing connections with area schools and teachers

Specialized tutoring as needed

Individualized plan – school alternatives

Focus on Adolescent Brain Development Framework for Learning

Promoting Vocational Excellence

Job Skills Coach and Employment Specialist

Collaborative Relationships with Local Employers

Internships and Summer Employment Opportunities

Financial Literacy learning

Encouraging Independence through Practice of Life Skills


Menu planning

Cooking and grocery shopping


Household chores

Managing a bank account

Preparation for transitions

Relationship-building skills

Conflict Resolution



P.A.S.S. Homes (Preparing Adolescents for Self-Sufficiency)

Our PASS home, Odyssey House, is a new beautiful home nestled in a picturesque setting in the East Rock section of New Haven. This program serves young men between the ages of 14 and 21. We provide a nurturing environment that offers life skills training, academic assistance,  cultural enrichment activities, youth empowerment,  and community achievement as they prepare to exit the child welfare system. All youth receive encouragement in a caring environment geared towards learning. Emphasis is given to intensive skill-building and job training, work opportunities, academic tutoring and support, cultivating responsibility and accountability, and a myriad of cultural and expressive arts experiences.

To inquire about referrals, please contact our Clinical Director, Gordon Nelson at (203) 824-4366 or email gnelson@youthcontinuum.org