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The goal of the Basic Center Program, Runaway and Homeless Youth (RHY) program is to provide youth between the ages of 12 and 17 with emergency shelter and support services that assist runaway and homeless youth in crisis, reunite them with their families, strengthen family relations and help transition them to safe and stable living arrangements.  The program objectives are to provide runaway and homeless youth with emergency shelter care, crisis intervention, referral services, therapy and counseling, case management, education support, job training and placement assistance, socialization shills, and family aftercare and reunification services.

Residential services will be provided to youth for up to 21 days.  Four shelter beds will be available for runaway and homeless youth at all times with two emergency shelter staff on duty 24 hours a day and available to address the individual needs of each runaway and homeless youth.  The staff will provide youth with personal space for their belongings and sleeping arrangements, acquaint them with on-duty staff and residents, and provide orientation of shelter schedule and procedure (i.e. meals times, staff schedules, laundry, chores, transportation.)  Youth will be provided with three nutritional meals each day plus a morning, afternoon and evening snack.


  • Individual counseling at least once per week while at the shelter
  • Family counseling on a weekly basis (if needed)
  • Participation in the after school program which includes tutoring, life skills curriculum, and educational activities
  • Medical, dental, and psychological appointments, as needed

The goal of residential services is to stabilize the family unit to ensure individual success and reduce the risk of runaway, homelessness in the future.
Non-residential services will be provided to those youth who do not need the emergency shelter services.  Non-residential services will include securing a safe placement for the youth through contacts with parents/legal guardian and determining appropriate referrals based on the information provided.


  • Individual counseling on a weekly basis
  • Family counseling on a weekly basis (if needed)
  • Participation in the after school program which includes tutoring, life skills curriculum, and educational activities, as needed
  • Referrals to other programs/agencies will be made as needed

SKWFS staff will offer additional after-care support during routine follow-ups with youth and families who have accessed services.  SKWFS staff will conduct follow-up services with non-residential clients including contact within 24 hours to ensure safety and stability of youth.  This contact will include additional referrals and assistance with scheduling appointments with community organizations reflecting needs of the youth and their family (i.e. alcohol/drug treatment, mental health counseling, and communication and skill-building classes.)  The second non-residential follow-up will be conducted within 7 days of initial contact to ensure that referral resources are being utilized.  Additional follow-up contact will be conducted at three month and six month intervals.


"Safe Place is a great way to reach those children that other wise would fall through the cracks.  We believe that there are a great number of teens and their families than can benefit from having a direct link to the services they need."
Laura Yelverton                                
Sally Kate Winters Program Coordinator

Safe Place exemplifies how communities can collaborate to provide immediate help to youth.  Safe Place involves many aspects of the community including but not limited to businesses, youth service agencies and volunteers.  Nationally, businesses such as fast food restaurants, convenience stores, and community buildings like fire stations and libraries are designated as Safe Place locations.  These sites, identified by the diamond shaped, yellow and black Safe Place sign, are conveniently located in areas where the need is greatest.  Any young person in a crisis situation can walk in and ask an employee for help.  Sally Kate Winters Family Services will be contacted and within minutes a Safe Place representative arrives to meet with the youth.  Counseling and shelter is made available if needed.  Safe place connects distressed children and families with resources they need to keep them safe and provide them with support and guidance.
Safe Place is currently in over 1,000 communities in 38 states.  National Safe Place Week brings attention to and heightens awareness of the Safe Place program that has helped over 119,000 young people in crisis.  National Safe Place Week recognizes the nearly 18,000 businesses and thousands of volunteers nationally who give their time, resources and energy to make our country a safer place for young people.  If you would like to become involved in this community program, please contact our office e at 662.494.4867.
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