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Pivot Names Director of Emergency Services, Increasing Support to Homeless Youth

Updated on July 29, 2019

Pivot, A Turning Point for Youth, welcomes Lindsay Cates as a new team leader to continue improving outreach to and outcomes for transition age youth facing homelessness in Oklahoma City.

 “We are excited to welcome Lindsay and her passion for youth to Pivot,” Jennifer Goodrich, Pivot president and CEO said. “Her experience working with youth and marginalized citizens is impressive and her knowledge and compassion will help us continue to adapt and meet the growing needs of teens who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.”

Cates has worked with underserved populations for fifteen years, developing and implementing innovative, trauma-informed programs to remove barriers and improve outcomes for women and youth.

She holds a degree from The Ohio State University and recently earned a Nonprofit Management Certificate the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits. Prior to transitioning to this role at Pivot, Cates served as executive director of Sisu Youth Services, where she created community partnerships, supervised a team identifying needs and advocated for a community-wide response to youth homelessness in Oklahoma City. Cates also served as the program director of ReMerge from 2016-19, managing daily operations and developing programming focused on mental health and substance abuse.

“I believe we must focus on our youth, giving them the tools they need at critical stages to help them succeed,” Cates said. “Pivot has a great foundation in place to assist young people who are struggling and is set to take on new and bigger projects to provide more services and support. I am thrilled to join the team.”

As director of emergency services, Cates will oversee the implementation of Pivot’s drop-in center and emergency overnight shelter for homeless, transition age youth.

“As an organization, Pivot already works with youth who are homeless or marginalized, but these expanded services will meet an unmet need in the community among this age group,” Goodrich said. “This past fiscal year, Pivot saw nearly a 20% increase of youth in need of services. We will continue to expand our services as the need grows.”