LSSWis - Lutheran Social Services (LSS) of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan

Lutheran Social Services of
Wisconsin and Upper Michigan


Homme Youth Programs

Where Troubled Youth Change Their Lives

The Homme Youth & Family Programs date back to 1882 when Pastor E.J. Homme opened a home for orphaned children in Wittenberg, Wisconsin. These deep roots of care have served as the root of all our services for the past 100 years. 

Today, Homme’s residential treatment center continues to welcome and serve youth who are troubled, traumatized and emotionally scarred – and in danger of developing even more serious issues. We welcome them with care, compassion and a promise to help them change their lives, and treat all troubled youth who walk through our doors as infinitely valuable individuals. 

What We Do

Our nationally known treatment program serves children and adolescents dealing with issues of sexual perpetration, delinquency, victimization, alcohol and drug abuse, cognitive behavioral issues or dual diagnosis, and independent living support. 

The Homme residential treatment center campus rests on more than 200 acres of woods, hills, streams and ponds in Wittenberg, which is located in Shawano County in central Wisconsin. Here, we value family involvement, and offer on-campus housing and transportation assistance for family visits.

The admissions process begins with a referral and a pre-placement interview, which is essential to determining how an individualized treatment program can meet the needs of each child.

Our treatment approach, combined with our peaceful campus, helps children and their families regain control of their lives and being to recover from the traumas and troubles of the past. We know there's a way to reach every child in our care, no matter how many protective walls they build around their thoughts and emotions. Our highly trained staff members have the empathy and patience to find the irresistible invitation that will help each child open up, stat communicating and begin to trust, leading to hope and healing. 

"We would like to let you all know we really appreciate everything. Our stay at Homme really felt like home. We were comfortable and the staff was awesome. My son is making progress and I am very happy with that. Thanks to the staff for all your hard work in working with our son."

- Parent of a Homme Resident 

Why Homme

Trusting Homme for treatment services is the right choice for many reasons. Our deep history in youth services and excellent programming help to turn lives around and heal families in our care. We strive to wrap ourselves around the youth and family we serve to enable the family to make healthy choices.

The professionals at Homme serve children and adolescents, both males and females age 10 to 21. Homme residents who are age 18 and older must be here on a juvenile court order. Although many of our residents come from the Upper Midwest, we can accept and treat children from all over the U.S.

Our staff help residents learn to cope with and recover from a variety of issues, including:

  • History of trauma
  • Sexual perpetration
  • Sexually reactive behavior
  • Sexually reactive behavior related to trafficking
  • Alcohol and drug abuse 
  • Delinquency
  • Victimization
  • Cognitive disabilities
  • Dual diagnoses

Homme Services Include: 

  • Wraparound care
  • Sight-and-sound supervision
  • Trauma-sensitive care
  • Evidence-based practices, including Brainspotting and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Aggression Replacement Training
  • Spiritual care
  • Transportation for home visits
  • Medication management
  • Case management services
  • Psychiatric services
  • Fully accredited, on-campus school
  • High school credit recovery program
  • Onsite alternative programming for acting-out youth
  • Indoor and outdoor recreation
  • Beautiful, rural grounds

Licenses, Certifications and Accreditations:

  • Accredited by the Council on Accreditation
  • Licensed as a Community Based Residential Facility by the State of Wisconsin
  • Licensed as a Residential Care Center by the State of Wisconsin
  • Licensed as a Type 2 Facility by the State of Wisconsin
  • Member, Wisconsin Association of Family & Children's Agencies
  • Member, Crisis Services for Children Network
  • Certified by the Minnesota Department of Corrections
  • Approved by the State of Michigan Family Independence Agency
  • Approved by the Illinois Governor's Purchase of Care Review Board 

Our Track Record

We're successful in working with children who need intensive treatment. On average, more than 92% of residents discharged from Homme to an optional placement maintain that placement for at least three months. The average student at our onsite Visions School gains a full grade level in reading every six months. 

Short-Term Care 

Homme staff also collaborates with other agencies to provide short-term care to youth while other agencies arrange for community-based placement. We provide 60-day and 90-day programming to be used in conjunction with intensive aftercare.

In the News

Homme was featured in the Shawano Leader newspaper. Read the article here.
Published July 2016


Interested in learning more about Homme? Get in touch.

*Requied Field



Email Address: 


647 W. Virginia Street
Milwaukee, WI 53204

Affiliated with

Member Of

An agency of

Accredited by

© 2016 Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan