Safe Place for Youth’s mission is to inspire, nurture, and empower the resilient human spirit of homeless youth by providing immediate and lasting solutions, one young person at a time. The program prioritizes low barriers for entry, harm-reduction, a trauma-informed approach, and the provision of a safe, supportive environment.
Safe Place for Youth (S.P.Y.) provides three core areas of service provision: 1) Street Outreach 2) Drop-In Center 3) Case Management. Street Outreach teams engage youth on the street three times a week, building relationships while providing basic survival items including food packs, hygiene products, clean socks, sunscreen, first aid, and condoms. Outreach workers assist youth with referrals to medical care, showers, lockers, shelter, and S.P.Y. services. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, staff and volunteers operate the youth Drop-In Center, providing food, clothing, hygiene products, Internet access, mail, and phone services, as well as mental health and health and wellbeing programs. Case management is offered to youth at the Drop-In Center and during Street Outreach. Our case management is harm reduction-based, individualized care and assistance to meet youth’s self- identified needs, connecting youth to community services and providing intensive support and follow-up while valuing the youths’ strengths and resiliency.
SPY goals and objectives are to:
Provide a safe haven for homeless youth and offer comprehensive services with low barriers for entry.
Find and stabilize youth before risks overwhelm them, and continue to provide individualized case management.
Provide a supportive connection to a responsible adult, offer caring relationships, and teach important life skills.
Create public awareness, build coalitions, improve rights, and impact policy for youth in need.