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Youth Shelters & Family Services is a Santa Fe-based non-profit organization
dedicated to helping at-risk and homeless youth in the region find a way
home and a path to a productive, happy life.

Homeless

We support...

Street Outreach helps 700 homeless youths every year
to begin a path forward.

Sheltered

We house...

Our emergency shelter and transitional living facilities provide the beginnings of a new life to over 150 youth each year.

Empowered

We nurture...

Pregnancy and parenting counseling, GED tutoring, life skills instruction help light a way forward to a brighter future.

Boots, bolos & Boogie 2017

BBB PDF

On Friday, October 6,2017, Youth Shelters and Family Services of Santa Fe will be hosting our sixth annual Boots, Bolos and Boogie Ball at the Eldorado hotel in Santa Fe.

This event draws a sell-out crowd of 300 that includes prominent figures in our community, health professionals, community leaders and a host of caring individuals and friends of Youth Shelters and Family Services. This lively evening starts with cocktails at 5:30pm, followed by dinner and dancing.

The Boots, Bolos and Boogie Ball is our largest annual fundraiser and generates a significant portion of our annual budget so that we can continue to serve an often-neglected teen population in our community. But our success depends on your support.

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and fill out the BB&B PDF.

Youth Shelters and Family Services serves more than 1,200 homeless, runaway, and in-crisis youth and family members each year. Most are local—75% from Santa Fe and Santa Fe County alone-and another 10% from other communities in Northern New Mexico. Youth from elsewhere in the state and around the country also access services.

This year, more than 1.7 million children in America will be homeless.

It is a serious problem in this country as well as right here in Santa Fe.

Our History

Youth Shelters and Family Services delivers life-changing solutions to homeless, runaway and in-crisis youth by providing shelter and addressing health, safety, education and workforce opportunities so they can achieve lifetime independence. It is located in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and has five distinctive programs.

History 1

The agency was founded in 1980 by members of the Santa Fe community. They were concerned that youth in crisis who needed shelter had no alternative but to go to the Juvenile Detention Center. These youth, who were often escaping abusive homes, were being punished when they needed support. La Otra Puerta Emergency Youth Shelter—“the other door”—opened next to the Juvenile Detention Center as a nurturing alternative. The Shelter was a safe haven and temporary place for youth to stay while volunteers worked to reunite families whenever possible. In 2003, the Shelter moved into a new building at 5686A Agua Fria St.

In 1990, a Transitional Living Program was established to provide a residential setting for youth, ages 17-21, who were unable to live at home. The program teaches life skills such as education, resume building, and financial literacy. A modern campus was built in 2009 at 4435 Airport Rd. It houses 14 youth. Supportive housing for youth needing fewer services was launched in 2013 at scattered sites in the community. In 2016, we transitioned from scattered sites to a rapid rehousing program called STAR (Supportive Transitions to Adulthood through Rehousing). STAR helps homeless participants find and secure housing in their own name. Supportive services are available for participants. Located at 5686B Agua Fria St.

History 2

In 1995, a community needs assessment indicated there were hundreds of homeless young people in Santa Fe, often without adequate food or clothing, and frequently subject to illness and abuse. Youth Shelters began its Street Outreach Program later that year by distributing sandwiches, clothing, tents, sleeping bags, hygiene items, and resource information to youth on the streets. It also opened a Drop-In Center, where youth can obtain food, take a shower, do laundry, use computers, and call family and friends. This home-like setting is located at 402 St. Francis Dr. Staff provide the supportive services homeless youth need to leave the streets.

History 3

Through a nonprofit merger in 1996, Youth Shelters began providing counseling to youth and families in crisis. Today, the Community Counseling Center serves children, youth and families who are homeless, nearly homeless, or otherwise in crisis. Professional counseling is available to youth in every program, their family, and community members. Located at 5686B Agua Fria St.

Youth Shelters Pregnant and Parenting Youth Initiative was launched in 2006 to address a growing incidence of homeless pregnant and parenting teens. The Pregnant and Parenting Youth Service Coordinator works with groups and individuals in each of our programs providing education, food, housing, employment and early childhood services.

Youth Shelters and Family Services has served
more than 30,000 youth and family
members since its founding.