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.
Youth Emergency Shelter
Transitional Living Program
Street Outreach Program
Community Counseling Center
Pregnant and Parenting Youth Initiative
Life Skills Initiative
A 24-hour emergency shelter with a full range of services, including access to education, tutoring, and case management for youth ages 10-17 who are in crisis and need a safe place to stay. Established in 1980. In Fiscal Year 2013 we served:
♦ 145 youth served (unduplicated) ♦ 2,352 nights of shelter provided ♦ 553 counseling hours provided ♦ 3,670 life skills development and case management hours provided
A supervised apartment setting for homeless youth, including pregnant and parenting teens, ages 17-21. Youth gain education, workforce skills, and life skills so they can move out on their own and become independent, fully contributing members of society. Located at 4435 Airport Rd. Established in 1990. In Fiscal Year 2013 we served:
♦ 21 youth served (unduplicated) ♦ 2,074 nights of housing provided ♦ 17 youth enrolled in school or G.E.D. classes ♦ 2 youth began college careers ♦ 6 youth secured employment ♦ 1,599 life skills development hours provided ♦ 15,546 case management hours provided
Provides street-based critical services such as food, water, and blankets to youth up to age 21 with nowhere to go. Many camp in the mountains, live in cars, or sleep in abandoned buildings. Street Outreach also has a home-like Drop-In Center where youth go to get warm, take a shower, and receive the supportive services they need to leave the streets. Established in 1995. In Fiscal Year 2013 we served:
♦ 446 youth served (unduplicated) ♦ 18,951 pounds of supplies distributed ♦ 2,269 health-related items distributed, including personal hygiene kits and First Aid kits ♦ 699 survival items provided, including sleeping bags, clothing, and baby supplies ♦ 1,460 case management hours provided
Serves children, youth and families who are homeless, at-risk, or in crisis through referrals from schools, social service agencies, and community-based organizations. Counseling is provided at no-cost to every Youth Shelters client as well as people in the community, up to age 21, and their families. Established in 1996. In Fiscal Year 2013 we served:
♦ 180 clients served (unduplicated) ♦ 1,805 counseling hours provided
Provides safety, stability, and wellness for young families, including pregnant and parenting teens, through housing and other assistance. Education is offered in areas such as nutrition, health, child development, domestic violence, and pregnancy prevention. Established in 2006. In Fiscal Year 2013 we served:
♦ 230 pregnant and parenting youth and 146 children received clothing, baby formula, referrals for pre-natal, post-natal, well-baby care, and other critical services ♦ 1,695 hours of case management, education classes, and counseling provided
Provides educational advancement, restorative justice opportunities, and on-the-job training for 18-22 year-olds recently involved with the Juvenile Justice System. Established in 2011. In Fiscal Year 2013 we served:
♦ 33 youth served ♦ 821 hours of life skills training and development provided ♦ 546 case management hours provided ♦ 45 family support service hours provided ♦ 33 youth enrolled in school or G.E.D. classes ♦ 1,752 hours of G.E.D. or secondary education classes provided ♦ 650 community service hours provided by youth in the local area ♦ 1,617 worksite and job skills development hours provided ♦ 482 counseling hours provided
Youth learn valuable life skills through hands-on activities such as improving job readiness, on-site employment training, internships, and community service. Youth Shelters is an officially designated distance learning site for G.E.D. preparation, testing, and graduation through Santa Fe Community College. Established in 2010. In Fiscal Year 2013 we served: