The Boys Shelter, Inc. is a non-profit community agency, dedicated to providing needed services to youth and families living in Crawford, Franklin, Logan, Polk, Scott, Sebastian and Montgomery counties in Arkansas. Since The Boys Shelter was incorporated in 1978, more than 700 youth between the ages of 13 and 17 have been served. Youth from all walks of life and family backgrounds have received services for such problems as runaways, family difficulties, abuse, delinquency and truancy. Referrals come from the court system. Residential treatment is provided to youth to avoid premature or unnecessary placement in a State correctional institution. The ultimate goal is to reunite the family. In addition to room and board within the residential facility, the youth may be offered services such as individual counseling, family counseling, group counseling, supportive services, instruction and recreational activities.