Sue Scheff: Homeless and At Risk Teens

We know about homeless people and the challenges they face.  Many homeless people suffer from a mental illness, some have lost their jobs and homes.

However hearing about homeless youths can be disturbing.  After all, these are truly children that have had to grow up fast.  No matter what the circumstances are, whether they were in an abusive home, are addicts, or their parents simply don’t want them; being homeless is a place where no one wants to be or even talk about.

In South Florida, the Covenant House offers relief for homeless teens. Covenant House Florida serves runaway, homeless, and at-risk youth under 21 including teen parents and their babies.

Each year, we reach hundreds of kids in Fort Lauderdale and Orlando via street outreach, crisis shelters, transitional housing projects, and aftercare, making Covenant House Florida one of the largest private agencies serving runaway and homeless youth in the state of Florida.

Services offered:

  • Street Outreach by van and foot
  • Shelter Care — nourishing meals, clean clothes, and a safe place to sleep: current capacity Ft Lauderdale 68 Youths / Orlando 20 Youths (both locations accessible to young mothers and their babies)
  • Counseling, Case Management, and Referrals
  • Health Services at on-site clinics
  • Family Reunification
  • Substance Abuse Intervention
  • Pregnancy Prevention/Teen Parent Education
  • Education
  • Job Readiness
  • Life Skills Instruction
  • Transportation Assistance
  • Pastoral Ministry
  • Rights of Passage Transitional Housing
  • Aftercare/Walk-In Services

To contact the Covenant House for more information, call toll free at 1-800-683-8338.

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