Youth Shelters and Family Services is the primary agency in the Santa Fe/northern New Mexico area serving homeless, runaway, and street youth and their families, as well as young people who are at risk of being homeless.
Youth Shelters and Family Services provides unique, life-changing services to homeless, runaway, and in-crisis youth and their families. YSFS partners with families to find positive, non-institutional solutions and builds on existing strengths within a framework of dignity, mutual respect, and personal responsibility. The agency’s goals are to:
Prevent runaway behavior, out-of-home placement, and involvement by at-risk young people in the social services, juvenile justice, or correctional systems, and enable homeless young people who cannot live with their families to develop the necessary skills and resources to live independently.
Provide education, counseling, crisis intervention, and case management services to children, youth and their families who are in crisis or at risk.
Strengthen and preserve the family unit and enhance the ability of families to solve problems and to build on their strengths.
Youth and families served are able to move seamlessly from one program or service area to another within the agency. YSFS is able to offer an integrated continuum of services under one organizational roof, including shelter, counseling, case management, life skills development, and other services—an approach whose effectiveness has been demonstrated by research and evaluation. In addition, all YSFS' programs use a strengths-based, youth development approach, incorporating evidence-based practices that build assets in young people, families, and communities.