The journey of developing a five-year strategic plan

For many of us, our companies and groups go through a strategic planning process every few years. This plan helps to guide and shape the future of an organization. Strategic plans set out priorities and goals with indicators along the way. Ultimately, any organization has a vision of what they want to look like four or five years down the road. At YWS we have just embarked on the journey of developing a five-year strategic plan.

YWS is no different than any other organization. Where we are going and what we will become are important questions. Like a private sector company, we have to be responsive to our clients. Similarly, we do our best to predict challenges along the way. One of the most important ways that we differ from most private sector companies is that we include advocacy and education as core components of our service. For us, it isn’t about profits; we are focused on providing services for which we do not charge a fee to the user.

The landscape of providing services to those facing homelessness is ever changing. Demographics change, funding requirements change, social impacts change. What does not change for us is a commitment to always being there in a youth’s time of need. How that will look in five years is our focus. We want to be able to deliver even more quality, positively impactful services which not only allow for our youth to find housing, but help youth to not have to face homelessness at all.

One comment on “The journey of developing a five-year strategic plan

  1. Dian Casselman on

    Although your organization is not one that produces financial profits, your goal and success of the goal will produce profits of a different kind. Those profits are priceless. So many youth find their selves in limbo through no fault of their own. Having a place to go where people care about their well being and future is the foundation that will support and encourage their personal efforts to succeed and become well rounded adults who will eventually contribute positively to our communities.

    Keep up the good work.

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