Runaway & Homeless Youth Shelter
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Opened in 1998, the Runaway & Homeless Youth Shelter is a temporary shelter serving youth ages 13-17 who are homeless, runaway, or in an otherwise unsafe situation. Youth can stay for up to 30 days or as long as is necessary, and know that they will be safe and find refuge in a home-like environment.
Shelter staff provide case management services and involve the teen in daily activities while they receive support and encouragement from trained adults they can trust. During their stay, all efforts are made to connect youth with a safe and stable home, by reuniting the youth with their families or with another permanent living arrangement. Our doors are open every day of the year, accepting youth 24-hours a day from various locations and referral sources.
The Youth Shelter serves Saratoga, Washington, Warren, Schenectady, Albany, Rensselaer, Montgomery, and Fulton Counties and is certified by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS).
For safety purposes, the Youth Shelter's location is confidential.
Youth Shelter Programs
Runaway Awareness and PreventionAs runaway awareness and prevention is a focus for CAPTAIN CHS, our Youth Shelter is designed to offer relief to families and youth who are facing housing instability, are at risk of running away, or are entering into an unavoidable state of crisis. This is a prevention service and a runaway intervention program. We can assist with offering respite from difficult situations.
Crisis Housing ServicesFor youth facing a runaway, homeless, or immediate housing crisis. We can provide a safe, stable, and supportive environment of care as our professional staff work to help identify the issues and circumstances causing the housing instability, and identify alternatives for safe housing or work with families and legal guardians to mediate the situations for a safe return home.
After-Care ProgramA voluntary service available for exiting residents to aid in the transition back home. The aim is for the youth to continue with their goals, help rebuild family relationships, and prevent reoccurrences of homelessness.
Common Questions About the Youth Shelter
If I stay at the CAPTAIN CHS Youth Shelter, where would I go to school?
All residents can attend their regular school or the Youth Shelter's local school district.
Who would be notified about me staying at the CAPTAIN CHS Youth Shelter?
We notify your parents that you are safe and staying with us, and your school if appropriate. Remember, the Youth Shelter's location is confidential.
What if I do not go to school? Could I still come to the CAPTAIN CHS Youth Shelter?
All residents are encouraged to attend school. If you are not enrolled, we can help you enroll, find a job, or study for your GED.
What if I come to the CAPTAIN CHS Youth Shelter and I don't like it?
The CAPTAIN CHS Youth Shelter is a voluntary program. Residents may choose to leave whenever they wish, as long as an appropriate plan is in place.
How long can I stay at the CAPTAIN CHS Youth Shelter?
Each resident's stay depends upon his or her needs, and usually does not exceed 30 days.