Serving Homeless Teens and Young Adults
The Street Outreach program provides help for homeless teens and young adults who may not be ready for the structure of a live-in program. Street Outreach provides a place to get a meal, do laundry, take a shower or access a computer.
On September 28, 2010 YFS was informed that our grant application for STREET OUTREACH was approved for funding. Two drop-in centers are now available to homeless and runaway youth, one in El Reno and one in Watonga.
The Spot - Watonga
How Your Donations Make a Difference
One Monday, a young lady named Jade came to YFS. She was very upset and concerned about her future. She had been living on the streets and in a condemned building. When Jade arrived at Youth and Family Services (YFS) she told us how she had tried other agencies but was unable to receive any help. She used her very last dollar to take Red River Transit to our facility to apply for the Transitional Living Program that she had heard about from a friend at school.
When Eric heard her story he knew we at YFS had to do all we could to help Jade. Jade was accepted into the Transitional Living Program and the Street Outreach program. The First Nazarene Church donated Jade a hygiene bag. Tori, the Street Outreach Coordinator helped Jade to get some clothes since she had been wearing her only clothing for over a week.
Since there were no open apartments in the Transitional Living Program (ILP) at the time, Jade was assisted through the Street Outreach Program. The program provided Jade with a local hotel room for three days while we scrambled to find a safe place for her to live. During this time the Native American Youth Program assisted the Independent Living Program in locating a shelter which assisted Jade with safe housing, food, clothing, transportation and someone to listen to her in her time of distress.
Most of our youth come to us with only the clothes on their back, just like Jade did. Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Rehousing Program (HPRP) also became involved in assisting this young lady. The Native American Youth Program assisted in making arrangements to go to a Domestic Violence Shelter for assistance and to have her monthly visitation with her children that are in Child Protective Services custody.
Donations to the Street Outreach will be used to provide supplies and tools for homeless teen and young adults. Shampoo, deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, towel, soap, lunchbox food, backpack, and survival guide are examples of what your donation will purchase for this program. We also print up posters and flyers with our emergency 24hr crisis line and distribute around town.
This program serves youth who are homeless or at risk, but not quite ready for the Transitional Living Program. Volunteers can provide assistance to homeless youth by helping with a meal, doing laundry, or providing transportation.
- Red River transportation passes
- Movie passes
- Shoe stores
- Fast food places
- Tickets to Redhawks/Thunder games
- Passes to White Water
- New or gently used Pots & Pans
- Storage containers
- Small bookshelves
- TV w/ converter boxes
- Pot holders
- Dish towel sets
- Board games
- Love seats
- Chest of Drawers