Street Outreach Project
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Call or text 518-469-7897
The CAPTAIN CHS Street Outreach Project is a unique and compelling program that supports at-risk youth in our community. Our specialized, dedicated team build rapport and relationships with youth who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless throughout Saratoga, Fulton, Montgomery, Washington, and Warren Counties.
We meet youth where they are: on the streets, in tents, in shelters, in our drop-in centers, or when they come into contact with other programs and services that cannot provide the support that they need.
Our staff and programs at CAPTAIN CHS offer a plethora of services for youth and work with them to access the supports they need - from basic essentials to case management.
Our mission includes working with youth, individuals, and families who are dealing with housing crises, homelessness, and runaway issues. We are always available at no charge to runaways, the truly homeless, and those at risk of homelessness, and will remain committed to this.
Why Street Outreach?
Youth who do not have healthy support systems or who have been exposed to recurring traumas have a high likelihood of becoming homeless or being subjected to sexual exploitation, abuse, or violence. They are more likely to abuse drugs and alcohol, engage in unsafe sex, suffer from mental health problems, and are frequently targeted by law enforcement. Many of the youth also have social, family, and academic issues or other barriers that prevent them from living healthy lifestyles or from pursuing their goals.
Through Street Outreach, we offer youth resources to help them break dysfunctional cycles that keep them street dependent. Youth become less vulnerable to sexual exploitation and abuse, have fewer arrests related to substance abuse and/or violent behavior, and increase their ability to trust others.
The Street Outreach Project helps youth identify and reduce barriers that may exist between themselves and their dreams and goals. We do so by offering:
- Street-based outreach and education
- Crisis intervention
- Access to emergency shelter and/or assistance with alternative housing
- Basic survival tools (clothing/food/hygiene)
- Individual assessments and case management
- Referrals to needed services, such as medical services, family counseling, sexual assault and crisis rape relief counseling, and drug and alcohol counseling
- Coordination with community partners such as schools, law enforcement, local youth and adult emergency shelters, and transitional living programs
- Housing, employment, and transportation assistance
- Relationship-building with trustworthy adults
- Follow-up support
CAPTAIN CHS's IMPACT:
As told by Samantha Annas, Street Outreach Manager
"This particular youth was our first trafficking victim that we worked with. When we met Jill (name has been changed), she rarely attended school and had a 38 (out of 100) GPA in math and earth science. We were able to utilize our Safe Harbour funding to help this family access therapy and tutoring, which has proven to make a night-and-day difference!
I spoke to Jill at our periodic check-in and almost didn't recognize her voice! This was a girl who couldn't look anyone in the eyes or really look past the floor, unable to have 'female friends' due to the fact that she KNEW she would be rejected or made fun of, and completely unable to maintain relationships due to her depression. But now Jill was bubbly and outgoing! She actually told me she was PROUD of herself.
Jill's family recently sent us an email to let us know that Jill passed her math regent -- with the highest score in her class. 'Thank you for all you've done for her,' the relative wrote. 'To hear that call from Jill and how proud she was is the most amazing gift you could have given to me. She's come such a long way.'"
Stationary drop-in centers are schedule times in community buildings where youth can "drop in" and receive services or just hang out. Our mobile drop-in centers allow us to mobilize our resources and distribute emergency basic needs wherever we go.
Runaway & Homeless Youth Services
CAPTAIN CHS operates a shelter for runaway and homeless youth. For more information, click here.
Street Outreach is open 24/7/365 at the following numbers:
- Call 1-800-924-4626
- Call or Text 518-469-7897
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