Emergency Youth Shelter
The 12-bed shelter provides a safe haven for youth in crisis, 24-hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. With a goal of family reunification, our staff works closely with parents and extended family members to create a partnership that not only resolves the presenting crisis, but provides long term family stability. This is accomplished by providing a variety of counseling services and support groups.
The program is licensed as an Emergency Children’s Shelter, by the NJ Department of Child Protection and Permanency (DCP&P). In addition, the program meets federal guidelines established by the US Department of Health & Human Services, Family & Youth Services Bureau, for the operation of a federally funded Runaway and Homeless Youth Shelter.
Core services include emergency shelter for youth ages 10-19, food, clothing and referrals to medical services. In addition, the program provides 24-hour hotline services, drop-in services, counseling, education, prevention and case management services.
Youth, parents, police, schools and other community agencies can access the shelter through the shelter-based hotline – (732) 929-0660.
This line is staffed 24 hours a day to assess a youth and family’s crisis needs and determine eligibility for admission. Youth who pose a danger to themselves or others may require referrals for alternate placement services, but our program may still provide a variety of non-residential support.
ALL SERVICES ARE FREE, VOLUNTARY AND CONFIDENTIAL