Each of our Directors brings deep experience in his or her field of expertise and strong passion for our mission.
Shelly Felt, Executive Director
Shelly Felt was selected by the Board of Directors as the new Executive Director of Youth Shelters and Family Services (YSFS) in April 2017. She had been working with the organization as Director of Finance since July 1, 2015, so she was able to step into the new role with a robust knowledge of the YSFS programs. She is a Certified Public Accountant and has been working with local not-for-profits since she and her family moved to Santa Fe in 2002.
Devin Dunsay, Development Director
Devin has returned to Youth Shelters and Family Services after a two-year stint at Communities in the Schools. Devin was formerly YSFS Director of Operations and, in her eleven years since graduating from the College of Santa Fe, has been working with non-profit organizations here in Santa Fe, including six years with Habitat for Humanity.
Alissa Byrne, Human Resource Director
Alissa graduated from UNM with a degree in Sociology and Women's Studies. She has been working with the organization for more than 6 years. Alissa began as a Service Coordinator with the Transitional Living Program, where she helped implement a HUD grant which transitioned into the STAR program.
Korina Lopez, Youth Shelter Program Director
As the Program Director for the Emergency Shelter, Korina oversees and manages the Youth Shelter, which is a co-ed state-licensed program with 8-beds serving eligible youth between the age of 10 to 17 who need a temporary place to stay until they are able to find a stable living environment.
Sebastian Adamczyk, Transitional Living & STAR Program Director
Prior to his work at Youth Shelters, he was a curriculum developer and trainer for the University of New Mexico Hospitals focusing on training primary care teams in the treatment of Opioid Use Disorder. Sebastian served in the United States Army as a behavioral health technician and obtained his bachelor’s degree in psychology and anthropology from the University of New Mexico in 2014.
Paige Kitson, Street Outreach Program Director
Paige Kitson has a Bachelor of Arts in Intercultural Education and Leadership from Sterling College in Vermont. Ms. Kitson has been in the social services industry for nearly a decade, with the majority of her time spent with the at-risk and homeless population.
Paige is a member of the Homeless Youth Taskforce and Santa Fe Behavioral Health Alliance. Before joining Youth Shelters and Family Services, Paige worked at Interfaith Community Shelter and La Familia's Healthcare for the Homeless as a Case Manager. She also spent a few years at St. Elizabeth's Shelter as a Shift Supervisor. As the Program Director of our Street Outreach Program, Paige provides general oversight and management of Street Outreach program activities and staff; participates in external relations, resource development, strategic planning and program design.
Melissa Brown, Access! Program Director
Melissa Brown has a Bachelor of Arts from Miami University in Oxford Ohio. Ms. Brown has been in pre-secondary education for 10 years, with the majority of her time spent as the Director of Desert Montessori School here in Santa Fe. Melissa is a member of the Homeless Youth Taskforce and Sustainable Santa Fe Taskforce.
Melissa is the Program Director for Access!, a training and education community collaborative, which is funded from the Department of Labor. As the Director for the Access! program, she oversees a program providing and connecting adjudicated youth ages 14 to 24 to their basic needs, community resources, education, and training.
In July of 2010 Allison came to Street Outreach seeking a place to eat and take a shower. Little did we know at that time that we were fostering the beginning of a beautiful, long-term relationship in which the staff at SOP would have the absolute honor of witnessing this young lady’s transformation into the remarkable, strong woman she is today.
Allison came from a family plagued with chronic drug and alcohol abuse. Despite the emotional abuse and neglect at home, she had made it to her sophomore year of high school and was fully determined to graduate. Not long after Allison’s introduction to SOP, she met a young man who was much more seasoned to life on the streets. They started a relationship, and Allison became accustomed to the culture of youth homelessness. Allison sought refuge from her abusive home life in the protection and care she felt from her boyfriend and other homeless youth. Life on the streets became a safer alternative for her than her situation at home. She eventually dropped out of high school and took to the streets full time. She and her boyfriend set up camp on the outskirts of Santa Fe and lived there for many months. Over the course of the following two years, Allison regularly took care of all of her basic needs through resources provided at SOP. Through these daily interactions Allison formed caring, trusting relationships with our staff. Beyond providing essential food and hygiene resources, staff provided support around staying safe on the streets and in her relationships.
In February of 2012 Allison became pregnant. With no one else to go to, she turned to the staff at SOP to lend an ear, offer support, and provide information on all of her pregnancy options. Together, Allison and her partner decided to embark on the journey through pregnancy and parenting. She began working with our Pregnant and Parenting Service Coordinator, and her partner began attending Young Fathers of Santa Fe meetings at SOP. Through these supportive services, Allison got registered for health insurance, received prenatal wellness care, and moved into stable housing. Additionally, they received relationship support and parenting education.
On December 18th, 2012, Allison gave birth to a beautiful, healthy baby girl. Allison brought her daughter back to her very own home the next day. The proud new parents were stocked with all the essential baby gear, and a fridge full of nourishment for the journey to come. As any parent is well aware, the first few months with a new baby is a whirlwind of emotions, sleep deprivation, and stress. It is an experience that cannot be explained prior to going through it. Allison remained actively involved in the Pregnant and Parenting Youth Initiative, receiving support and education throughout each new challenge and each new milestone.
In December of 2013, one year after the birth of their daughter, Allison’s partner left the family and moved out of state. As a single parent, Allison’s strength and perseverance were once again tested; and once again, she demonstrated tremendous resiliency. Allison is working toward her goals of returning to school and seeking part-time employment. She continues to reside in the home she obtained through her work with SOP. Furthermore, Allison has proved to be an amazing mother. She is working with the Pregnant and Parenting Service Coordinator to explore day care options for her daughter, and receives continuous education around parenting and early childhood development. Street outreach celebrates the holiday season by giving small gifts to each of the youth that we work with. When asked what was on her wish list, Allison selflessly replied with a list of gifts for her daughter. Street Outreach was happy to supply her with new clothes and a new play pen. Despite the history of substance abuse in Allison’s family, and the prevalence of dependency in street culture, she has taken the initiative to keep all illicit substances away from herself and her daughter. When asked how she feels, Allison reports feeling empowered, confident, and optimistic about her future.
Perfect for college students - help fill in scheduling gaps for this part-time position! The more hours you are available, the more hours you can receive. $13.00 with professional development opportunities and paid training
If you are majoring in human services, public administration, sociology, psychology, or social work - this would be a great position to gain experience in the field!
Relief workers needed for programs serving in crisis, runaway and homeless youth. We need relief workers who can work any of the following: days, afternoons, evenings, weekends and some overnights on a come as needed basis.
Will provide direct care and supervision, outings, activities and life skills for youth in 24/7 residential youth programs and street outreach and drop-in services for a street outreach program.
Requirements: High school diploma and two years relevant work experience with youth OR some college and one year with 1 year of relevant work experience with youth OR Bachelor's degree in a human service field. Must undergo fingerprinting, criminal records and background check and monthly driving record check. Current CPR and First Aid certificates (will train), driver's license and current auto insurance required. Must be at least 22 years of age to be insurable under agency auto policy to transport clients.
YSFS is an EOE, drug free workplace and complies with the ADA. EEO/AA
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.
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.
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.
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.
Please use the panel on the left to find the phone numbers, addresses and locations of our main sites. If you wish to contact us by email, please complete the form and a member of staff will get back to you as quickly as possible.
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.
Before 1980, children and youth who were homeless or who had run away from an abusive situation, were locked in the detention center. That is, until a group of concerned citizens decided – no more. They started the first and still the only emergency youth shelter in the nine-county area of northern New Mexico. Today, with a new facility constructed in 2003, the shelter program annually serves approximately 145 children and youth ages 10-17.
The Youth Emergency Shelter (YES) program accepts children and youth who are:
Homeless and/or runaway
NM Children Youth and Families Department clients who are at risk of abuse or neglect
Referred by Children’s Court
In transition between residential programs
Otherwise at risk
The state licensed program provides 12 beds with one additional emergency bed, in case a young person needs shelter in the middle of the night. On an average night, there are 6-10 youth staying at the shelter. The shelter program’s license permits youth to stay up to 120 days, but the average stay is 30 days or less. As soon as young people arrive at the shelter, staff work hard to help young people find a more permanent living arrangement.
The shelter provides more than meals and a bed. As in all YS programs, life skill building is integral to the program’s effectiveness. Art projects, money management, cooking classes and trips to local resources such as the library, Genoveva Chavez Community Center and museums are some examples of life skills development at the shelter.
The shelter is not a lock-down facility. Youth must sign a written agreement that they want to stay in the shelter. Written Guardian or Parental Consent is also required within 72 hours of admission.
Eligible youth must be between 10-17 years of age, willing to stay, sober upon arrival and have no history of sexual assault.
At YSFS we work with youth from a strength-based and youth development perspective rather than from a perspective that the young people who stay with us are ‘bad kids’ who have problems. For self-destructive or inappropriate behaviors, we use a harm reduction approach rather than a zero tolerance one.
In 1990, after 10 years of successfully operating a youth emergency shelter, YSFS launched the Transitional Living Program (TLP). The Program serves homeless youth and pregnant/parenting adolescents ages 17-21 for up to 18 months in a supervised apartment setting. TLP assists youth with life skills training, counseling, educational support and workforce development. In this setting youth are able to gain the skills to live independently and become active members of their community.
One of the program’s primary objectives is to help young people to identify their strengths as well as those areas they want to develop. As in all YSFS programs, TLP uses a strengths-based approach, assisting residents in finding solutions and accomplishing goals that will take them to a new level of independence. Success in the program is measured by how well each individual succeeds in meeting the goals they set.
TLP has capacity for 10 youth, including several apartments that are reserved for pregnant or parenting youth. We are able to accept single parent families with a single child only, for these spots.
TLP residents have busy schedules with school and work. Program requirements include each youth spending at least 20 hours per week engaged in one or both of those pursuits. To help youth learn financial management skills, rent is charged to each resident at a rate of $100/month. Rent is returned to youth after completion of the program to aid them in securing ongoing safe and stable housing.
Rapid Re-Housing Program/STAR (Supporting Transitions to Adulthood through Rehousing)
Supporting Transitions to Adulthood through Rehousing (STAR) at YSFS is our newest residential program for youth in Santa Fe County. The STAR program serves youth who meet the HUD’s definition of Homelessness and are between the ages of 18-24.
Apartments, rooms to rent, and co-habitation opportunities in the community are considered as STAR staff work with youth to find a rental situation that is appropriate, based on the individual needs of each youth. Financial support will be provided for first month’s rent, utilities, and background checks. Ongoing case management, access and organization of community supports, and rental subsidy will be provided. Leases, utilities, and all property rules/requirements will be in in their name and the sole responsibility of the youth.
The STAR program is a low barrier program providing access to housing for homeless youth in Santa Fe County. National results from Rapid Rehousing programs show that housing ishealthcare, is vital for emotional and mental stability, is a major contributor to finding and maintain sobriety, and a major factor in determining safety for those fleeing domestic violence situations.
STAR program can house 8 youth at any one time, with availability for one parenting youth. Leases must be for properties within Santa Fe County. Any safe rentals will be investigated and pursued that fall within the Safe Housing and Rent Reasonableness guidelines as provided by HUD. Each month the resident’s percentage of responsibility for the rental amount will increase according to their income. The program can be completed in just a few months, or offer up to 24 months of support and case management for the resident. Monthly case management meetings will determine the participant’s needs to achieve success. Working with community partners and identified supports, each youth will be provided with the tools that they need to be successful in a long term, safe and stable living situation. The goal is stable housing and the pathway is determined by each young person.
To be admitted into Youth Shelters’ STAR Program youth must meet the following criteria:
Between the ages of 18 and 23;
Homeless as defined by the HUD definition below
Motivated, determined, and committed to earning a living and paying rent
Able to follow rental agreement rules
Able to meet with YSFS Case Manager at least monthly in the youth’s home
Looking to rent within Santa Fe County
Homelessness as defined by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
1.Someone who is sleeping in a place not designated for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation (incl. vehicle, park, abandoned building, airport, bus/train station)
2.Someone who is living in a publicly or privately operated shelter designed to provide temporary living arrangements (incl. congregate shelters, transitional housing, hotels/motels paid for by charitable organizations. or federal/state/local government programs)
3.Someone who is exiting an institution (and was “Literally Homeless” immediately prior to entry into the institution)
4.Someone who will imminently lose their primary nighttime residence within 14 days*AND* has no subsequent residence identified *AND* lacks the resources or support networks needed to obtain other permanent housing
5.Individual fleeing or attempting to flee domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, or other dangerous or life-threatening conditions related to violence against the individual *AND* who has no identified subsequent residence *AND* lacks the resources or support networks needed to obtain other permanent housing
In 1995, YSFS began doing outreach to youth who were living on the street. Staff and volunteers took backpacks filled with bottled water, sandwiches, condoms and resource guides to places in Santa Fe where street youth tended to congregate. In one decade, the program has seen the number of contacts with homeless youth skyrocket from a couple hundred a year to more than 5,000 contacts last year with an estimated 500 homeless youth. Approximately half of the young people served are from Santa Fe or northern New Mexico, the other half come from other parts of the country.
Street Outreach provides anonymous, free services to homeless and at-risk youth up to age 22. Young people are able to access services through two complementary methods. The first is street outreach as described above. This enables staff to inform newcomers about services and to maintain positive relations with people who may be too old to receive services. Older homeless people often refer street youth to the program.
The Resource Center is the second method by which the program delivers services. Located in downtown Santa Fe at 402 South St. Francis Dr., the Resource Center is open five days per week. On Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, it is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. On Wednesdays, the location is open from 1pm to 5pm. Here, young people can take showers, do laundry, get food, clothing, hygiene, camping and other supplies. They are also able to make phone calls and use the internet at no cost to them. Youth can receive help with a number of needs, including taking their G.E.D. tests, obtaining various forms of ID, filling out job applications or securing housing. Anonymous and free medical support services are available at the Resource Center twice a week. If safe and appropriate, Street Outreach has been known to buy bus tickets for youth to return home.
Street outreach is staffed by a wonderful team of people who are all aware of the vital nature of the service in providing young people with a unique environment in which to feel safe and connected in.
The Pregnant and Parenting Youth Initiative (PPYI) is a YSFS program that serves young parents and their families. We offer health interventions, comprehensive case management, and classes regarding reproductive health, pregnancy and childbirth, and parenting.
We focus on proactive and preventative healthcare for both young parents and non-parenting youth through health interventions which address safe sex, anatomy, consent, self-esteem, boundaries, decisions & consequences, breaking negative cycles, domestic violence, embryo through adult brain development, parental skill & attachment parenting, creating healthy new behaviors, and holistic health. The PPYI program collaborates with all other YSFS programs to address teen pregnancy prevention, STD/AIDS prevention, domestic violence prevention & intervention, sexual assault prevention & intervention, prenatal care, education, housing, healthcare, poverty, early child development, and other services for pregnant and parenting youth.
Case management, health interventions and education are offered to all YSFS clients and any at-risk pregnant or parenting youth throughout the Santa Fe community.
The YSFS Clinical Services Center provides a variety of services free of charge to families with youth under the age of 21. The Center, located at 5686B Agua Fria, is open Monday through Thursday from 8:00 am to 7:00 pm and Fridays from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. All services are confidential.
Clinical Services at YSFS are geared toward individuals, families, couples and groups, and include home-based services to at-risk children, youth, and families. Referrals come from schools, social service agencies, community-based programs, the phone book and other sources. Case management and client advocacy are also provided to ensure full knowledge of, and access to, community resources such as housing, legal, financial and educational programs.
Clinical Services include:
Counseling services provided by licensed therapists and counseling and social work interns are available to meet a wide variety of family needs including issues related to school, home, community and divorce as well as a wide range of behavioral health issues such as depression, anxiety, PTSD and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity. We focus on families’ strengths and provide assistance to improve anger management, communication and parenting skills in an encouraging, caring environment. The goal of outpatient counseling is to assist families to identify more effective solutions to the challenges they face.
The Access! Training and Education Community Collaborative is the opportunity for youth ages 14-24 who have experienced some form of involvement with the Juvenile Justice System (past or present,) to move toward a future full of incredible opportunities! Eligible Juvenile Justice involvement includes: informal or formal probation, Teen Court, Drug Court, or Day Reporting.
As a student enrolled in the Access! program you will be a part of a community focused, job skill and educational development program that will launch you toward more opportunities in work and income. Access! provides training, education, and hands-on support in partnership with you, your dreams, and...your community.
...Yet, we know your potential doesn't stop there. If you love the idea of traveling and experiencing different horizons, beyond your community, this is also the perfect program for you! Your hands-on experience in national certificate programs as well as the hands on job development provided by the program in growing career fields throughout your community, the nation and beyond go with you wherever you choose to explore and live!
For more details contact:
Melissa Brown Access! Training and Education Community Collaborative Program Director Youth Shelters and Family Services, Inc. 3205 Richards Lane Santa Fe, NM 87507
In order for a youth or young adult to be eligible for the Access! program, he/she must:
be 14-24 years of age
show a history of (at any point and time in the past), or currently be involved in Teen Court, Drug Court, on probation, informal or formal, or any Juvenile Justice diversion sentence/program
not have history or reflect current adult convictions
not have history of or reflect current predatory sex or repeat violent offenses
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
Make a difference in the lives of others! Be a part of the Youth Shelters & Family Services team!
We offer the following to our full-time employees (32-40 hours per week employees):
- SUPERIORMedical Benefits from Blue Cross Blue Shield
- EXCELLENTDental Benefits from United Concordia
- GENEROUS Paid Time Off, full-time employees working 40 hours per week earn 20 days/year upon your first year of employment; 25 days/year upon third year of employment; 30 days/year upon 5th year of employment
- OUTSTANDINGprofessional development training to include CPR/First Aid Certification, Positive Youth Development, Mental Health First Aid Certification, Workplace Training, Safety Training, and other on-the-job training opportunities.
Our Volunteer Program is under reconstruction. We are very grateful for your interest in supporting YSFS and we will be happy to add you to our contact list for future volunteer opportunities. Please complete the form on our Contact Us page and we will be in touch with you. Thank you for your patience.
Youth Shelters and Family Services is dedicated to helping homeless, runaway, and in-crisis young people. The work that we do makes an enormous difference in changing lives and maybe even saving lives. The agency’s programs are highly regarded in the community.
There’s nothing in this world more rewarding than making a difference in the life of a young person.
Your generosity will help us to continue providing a continuum of services to homeless, runaway and in-cris youth, including street outreach, emergency shelter, transitional housing, counseling, life skills development job skills, and education. The impact on the 1,187 young people and their family members we served last year is great. For us it means hungry kids eat, homeless children have shelter and perhaps most important of all it means that kids can acquire the life skills they need to fulfill their tremendous potential. Success is ensured by people like you who are committed to improving the lives of young people and making our community a better place to live.
Please view our Wish List if you would like to donate household items or clothing. You may make a contribution on the home page or by clicking the, "Donate" button on the top of this page.
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
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 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
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
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
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.
Jennifer, 16, was thrown out by her parents because she was pregnant. It was cold and she had no shoes. She wanted a better life—without abuse, neglect, poverty—but had nowhere to go and was having a baby. She was alone, scared, hungry. What was she going to do? Youth Shelters outreach staff found Jennifer sleeping under a bridge. She was sick and close to giving birth. We met her emergency needs—including food, clothing, housing—and helped her obtain specialized medical care.
Today, Jennifer and her baby son are healthy. She completed her G.E.D., enrolled in college, and looks forward lo a fulfiiling future.
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