Each year, The Salvation Army provides valuable services to more than 2,000 teens in our community, from a variety of backgrounds. These youth are served according to their need and our capacity to help - regardless of race, gender, ethnicity or sexual orientation.
Barnabas Shelter is a co-ed group facility offering short-term emergency housing for up to six homeless young adults, ages 18-24. Participants typically receive shelter services for up to 2-4 weeks, often times enabling them to become enrolled in our long-term transitional housing apartments or our rapid rehousing rental assistance program. There is no cost associated with Barnabas Shelter, however, you must telephone in advance to ensure space is available.
Barnabas Apartments provide opportunities for seven homeless males to experience the full reality of living in their own apartments. Due to the severity and longevity of their homelessness, the youth that live in Barnabas Apartments typically do not have the option of reuniting with family members. These particular youth often remain involved in the program for up to 18 months, moving into the community upon discharge. There is no cost to participate in this program.
Booth House was the first runaway shelter in New York to operate under the New York State Runaway and Homeless Youth Act and certified by the Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS).It is a shelter and counseling service for runaway and homeless youth, ages 13-17 (those younger than 13 will be determined on a case by case basis). During times of crisis, youth are able to access shelter services for up to 60 days (longer with approval). Services may be initiated by contacting our 24-hour hotline. In addition, Booth House offers a variety of crisis services including family mediation, case management, home schooling, living skills and recreational activities. The principles of youth development are integrated into each of the programs offered at Booth House. The voluntary aspects of the program are fully reinforced and Booth House incorporates youth participation in program activities, as well as program decision-making. This is a best practice method designed to achieve optimum engagement from youth receiving services. There is no cost to participate in this program.
State Street Apartments is a 6-bed, co-ed residential housing unit for homeless young adults with diagnosed mental illness, 18 to 25 years of age. The program offers intensive mental health case management services in a supportive environment. State Street Apartments serves young adults in residence and also those living in the community who are homeless or at imminent risk of becoming homeless. The young adults who are part of this program receive independent living skills training, social group support and educational and recreational services focused on building self-sufficiency.
The TAPC is a 24 unit apartment complex providing long-term housing, case management and parenting classes for homeless, pregnant and parenting adolescent girls, ages 16-21 (and their children). The TAPC provides transitional housing and support services to more than 50 young women and their children annually, preventing the additional challenges and costs associated with homelessness, infant mortality, low birth weight and child abuse. The TAPC offers a supportive and caring homelike environment where young mothers and their children have access to 24-hour supervision, building security, crisis intervention, transportation, socialization and recreational activities. Youth development principles are integrated into each of the program components at the TAPC, encouraging voluntary participation and helping to establish strength-based assets in the lives of the teenage mothers receiving services.
The Salvation Army also provides licensed day care services at the TAPC, offering supportive care for children while parents focus on attendance at school or at work. Day care services provide TAPC residents with practical guidance and focused advice toward child rearing and health/nutrition information. Day care teachers maintain formal records regarding the health and developmental progress of each child at the TAPC, helping young mothers identify areas of concern and providing an additional safety feature for the infants and children. The combination of crisis intervention, case planning, instructional classes and group activities create a comprehensive approach to providing homeless adolescents and their children a well designed and supportive environment for learning the skills and behaviors that will break the cycle of homelessness and provide stability for these young families.