Friends of Youth Programs
Homeless Youth Services
Friends of Youth is the key homeless youth provider in east King County. Our street outreach team provides services to 15 Eastside cities. We offer two short-term overnight shelters for youth ages 12-18: Youth Haven in Kenmore for boys, and Youth Haven in Bellevue for girls. In October 2012, we opened a combined young adult (ages 18-24) emergency shelter and drop-in center in Redmond. This new facility will provide extensive daytime drop-in services 5 days a week, and overnight emergency shelter for up to 15 youth 7 days a week for the area’s homeless youth. Five Transitional Living sites provide housing, case management, mental health counseling, parenting education and employment services for homeless young adults and young families.
Youth and Family Services
Our counseling and family support services for children, youth and families are provided by licensed therapists in local schools and in our offices in Issaquah, Snoqualmie and Carnation/Duvall. Mental health counseling, substance abuse prevention/treatment and parent education are available for students and families. Drop-out prevention and academic support programs are offered to middle-school aged youth.
Since 1954, Griffin Home Residential Treatment Center in Renton has provided adolescent boys with treatment services in 24-hour staffed residential facilities. Individual, group and family therapy; life skills training; educational services; and recreation activities are provided. Griffin Home has programs for unaccompanied, undocumented youth including young adults transitioning to independent living and is one of the few residential treatment providers for sexually aggressive youth in the state.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
Friends of Youth has operated the only emergency overnight shelter for young adults on the Eastside since 2002. We remodeled a new space in Redmond to create our Homeless Youth Services Center. This is a safe and welcoming place for homeless young people with 5 days of drop-in service (for youth ages 15-21) and 7 nights of emergency shelter (for youth ages 18-24). Our Homeless Youth Services Center is a much needed next step in providing key interventions for homeless youth to help move them to safety and stability. The Center opened in October 2012 and provides: emergency support, showers, food, clothing, computer access, hygiene kits, snack packs, bus tickets and lockers.
We need willing volunteers to bring hot meals each night to the Center (our "Dinner Donors"). Private gifts are critical as we add to staff to provide expanded service hours to our new site.
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