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A thirteen-year-old boy came to the shelter, fleeing an abusive situation at home.

Because of you, CAPTAIN CHS was able to advocate on his behalf and provide him with a safe place to stay. Coordinating with Child Protective Services, the boy was placed in foster care.


Need help now? You can reach the Youth Shelter by calling 518-584-6042 

or 1-800-924-INFO (4636).

The CAPTAIN CHS Emergency Runaway and Homeless Youth Shelter opened in 1998 and serves male and female youth ages 13 to 17. Certified by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS), the Shelter is a safe haven for teens who are runaways, homeless, or in danger of becoming homeless. Many of the youth who come to the Youth Home have experienced high levels of family conflict, domestic violence or sexual abuse and are often struggling with serious emotional issues. The Youth Home provides a safe, stable and consistent environment of care for these youth until such time that a permanent living situation can be arranged. The Youth Home works with community agencies and providers, county officials, and families of youth to help resolve the issues and circumstances that have led to the youth's homeless situation. CAPTAIN CHS prides itself on providing a high level of care and advocacy for the youth as they work through their individual and unique issues.

The Youth Home is located in the Town of Malta and serves youth from eight surrounding counties: Saratoga, Washington, Warren, Schenectady, Albany, Rensselaer, Montgomery and Fulton. Youth are provided with a comfortable living situation in a beautiful natural, wooded setting that is free of crisis and that resembles an average residential home. Having this refuge and level of consistency in their lives allows the youth to stabilize. With the help of case managers, the youth work to reunite with their estranged family or guardians, or to find an alternative living situation that meets their needs. Additionally, all youth work on individualized service plans, which help identify goals and strategies for dealing with the issues that contributed to their homelessness.

The Youth Home operates around the clock, every day of the year. CAPTAIN CHS accepts youth 24-hours a day from various locations and referral sources, with the goal of providing immediate emergency shelter to youth in crisis. We actively market and advertise a 24-hour crisis phone line, which is staffed by an on-call supervisor who can help youth, their families or other providers coordinate shelter for the youth.

On-Call Emergency Phone/Text answered 24/7/365     518-369-9928

To protect the confidentiality of our residents and the program, please do not take donations directly to the Youth Home. Instead, drop off all donations or mail them to CAPTAIN CHS's Clifton Park office at 5 Municipal Plaza, Suite 3, Clifton Park, NY 12065.  


Programs at the Shelter

Respite Program

Sometimes, when situations at home become very tense and chaotic, families and youth are in need of respite services so that everyone can have a break. Respite can help deescalate difficult situations, prevent emotionally abusive arguments, and help prevent physical altercations.

The CAPTAIN CHS Youth Shelter contracts with Parsons Child and Family Center to administer the Medicaid Waiver Respite Program. This program allows families access to services not previously paid for by Medicaid, and also has special rules that allow children to receive Medicaid services without looking at parental income or resources. Youth ages 13 to 17 years, with a qualifying emotional and complex mental health need, are eligible for this program.

Please contact us to find out more information about this important service.

Other Programs

  • R.A.P.P = the Runaway Awareness Prevention Program
  • Shelter Aftercare Program
  • Mediation
  • A.S.A.P = After School Assistance Program
  • Healthy Living Program