Alternative House Programs
Emergency Shelter for Teenagers - The Alternative House Emergency Shelter for Teenagers provides a safe haven for runaway, homeless and abused young people 13 to 17 years old. Teens receive intensive individual counseling and family therapy is provided whenever possible. Most young people return to their families after their stay at the Shelter and a safe alternative is found for those who cannot return home.
24-Hour Crisis Hotline - Often the first point of contact for a young person in crisis is the Alternative House Hotline, 1‑800‑SAY‑TEEN (1‑800‑729‑8336). The hotline is answered 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, by trained counselors and volunteers. In addition to serving young people in crisis, it is also a resource to parents who need advice or referrals.
Assisting Young Mothers (AYM) - The Assisting Young Mothers program helps homeless young women 16 to 21 years old who are pregnant or who have small children find stability and a place to turn their life around. Young mothers receive safe shelter, food, parenting education and help with education and employment. When they graduate, our young mothers can support themselves and their children in our community.
Community-Based Youth Services - Disadvantaged young people have a safe, fun, positive place to go through our Community-Based Youth Services. Food, clothing, homework help, field trips, help with college applications and community service projects are just a few of the things young people receive in our programs.
Homeless Youth Initiative (HYI) - Homeless high school students who are on their own get support through the Homeless Youth Initiative. Help with rent, budgeting and studies are provided to 18 to 20 year old youth who are on their own while trying to graduate from high school.