The Need for SafeShelter

It’s a situation that is all too common. A teenager gets into a fight with his or her parents. In some cases, the fighting ends with the teenager either getting kicked out or running away. The teen then finds himself on his own. He will usually have very little money if any, and he will need somewhere to stay. He will call every friend he can to see if someone has an available couch. He doesn’t know how to take care of himself or how to fix things with his parents. There aren’t too many situations that can leave one feeling more desperate than how a teenager feels when he can’t go home.

Unfortunately, when some young people find themselves in this position, they make some very poor choices. One young man, desperate for money, decided that it would be a good idea to use a stun gun on a 73-year-old woman. After he was arrested, he had this to say:

“My mom kicked me out of the house and I needed money. I don’t know why I Tased her but I got the stun gun from my friend.”

While what he did was horrible, his actions highlight a bigger problem: where should a teen go when he finds himself on the street? How can one avoid this kind of situation?

Thankfully Youth Outreach has the answer for Yamhill County: the Safe Shelter program. This is a temporary emergency shelter program designed for teens who find themselves without a place to rest their heads. The young person will stay with a wonderful host home family and get the help he needs to get things back on the right track. We can help work out issues with family, get the teen help with food and medical issues, as well as help establish and accomplish goals for the future.

There is no reason for a young person to panic when they are unable to go home. If you or a friend need our help, you can call (503) 538-8023 during the day, or you can call our after hours helpline at 1-866-538-8023. Call us; we can help.


About Youth Outreach

We are located at 719 E. First St Newberg, OR 97132 503-538-8023

Posted on April 16, 2010, in Homelessness, Juvenile Crime, Juvenile Crime, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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