OUR FAMILY SERVICES (10TH YEAR)
The mission of Our Family Services is to eliminate homelessness and strengthen our community. They achieve this by providing stability in times of crisis, linking people to support and resources and supporting social connectedness. Our Family provides a diverse array of programs and services to achieve their mission including services for homeless youth and families. The SCCF 2020 funding, paired with other partners, provided life-changing housing, shelter, and case management for 560 homeless teens last year. This includes 120 runaway, homeless and abused teenagers who found temporary home and safety at the Reunion House shelter. SCCF support has had a major impact on these young people. 83% of the runaway and homeless youth who called Reunion House home, were enrolled in school during their stay and 72% were able to return home or to another safe, permanent living environment when they left the shelter. $200,000 in foundation and corporate funding was lost in 2020 and the shelter costs have increased by $20,000 per month since March 2020.
FOCUS OF THE 2021 GRANT: HOMELESS YOUTH SERVICES/REUNION CRISIS SHELTER
This program will provide a comprehensive continuum of services that offers homeless teenagers an unbroken path from the streets to long term stability, including street and community outreach, emergency shelter, case management, counseling and support services. Funding will also support Reunion House, which is a 20-bed temporary crisis shelter for children ages 12-17. Housing services are supported by case management, counseling and skills training, each of which work together to prepare young people to achieve their goals and experience healthy adulthood.
- 100% of the sheltered teens will have basic food, clothing and health care needs met
- 85% of teens will be enrolled in school during their stay at Reunion House
- 80% of teens will transition to safe and stable living arrangements