Feb 26, 2024 - News

Ellipsis creates one-of-a-kind apartments for at-risk youth

An Ellipsis worker helping at risk teens move by pushing bags

Ellipsis program director Fred Buell helps move young people into their new apartments. Photo: Courtesy of Ellipsis

Ellipsis, a central Iowa youth nonprofit, moved seven young people into their new, one-of-a-kind apartments Friday at 918 SE 11th St., Des Moines.

State of play: The nonprofit redeveloped 12 efficiency apartments for at-risk teens and adults, ages 16-21.

  • They now live there under a supervised program that will help them transition into independence, according to a news release.

The big picture: Most youth shelters have shared common spaces, like kitchens and bathrooms — yet Ellipsis' private spaces are designed to help give a sense of ownership and responsibility.

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