NEED HELP?

REFERRAL

NAME : National Runaway Switchboard

LOCATION : Nationwide

PHONE : 1-800-RUNAWAY (1-800-086-2929)

HOURS : 24/7

EMAIL :

WEBhttp://www.1800runaway.org

DESCRIPTION : 24-hour crisis intervention and resource referral for runaway youth nationwide.

FEES : Free of charge.

ELGIBILITY : No eligibility requirements

AREAS SERVED : Entire U.S.

PROCEDURE : Phone, e-mail

TRANSPORTATION : N/A

ACCESSIBILITY : N/A

LANGUAGES : English

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REFERRAL

NAME : Bill Wilson Center

LOCATION : 3490 The Alameda,Santa Clara, CA 95050

PHONE : (408) 243-0222

HOURS : Monday-Thursday, 9am-8pm; Friday, 9am-5pm; Saturday, 9am-3pm; Sunday, 9am-2pm

EMAIL : bwcmail@billwilsoncenter.org

WEBhttp://www.billwilsoncenter.org

DESCRIPTION :The Family and Individual Therapy Center provides individual, couple, family, and group counseling for all age groups. Short- and long-term counseling, crisis intervention, and parent intervention are provided. The center also conducts low-cost professional seminars for counselors, students, and paraprofessionals to improve their knowledge of current issues and techniques in famliy therapy. School outreach counseling is offered at secondary schools in Santa Clara Unified School District. Counseling services address such problems as suicide ideation, substance abuse, poor school performance, child abuse, family problems, and sexuality issues. Prevention and education programs and peer counseling teach adolescents about AIDS.

The Runaway and Homeless Youth Shelter offers short-term housing for runaway and homeless youth, minor delinquents or substance abusers, and other troubled youth who could benefit from short-term separation from parents while they work out their problems. Individual, group, and family counseling is provided to assist with family reunification and to change inappropriate and destructive behavior of youth.

Homeless youth services include street outreach counseling, drug abuse counseling, assistance with long-term housing, job placement, educational services, and family reunification. The goal of the services is to renew family ties when possible and to stabilize the lives of homeless youth to avoid victimization from street life and involvement in criminal activities. Drop-in center located at 10 Margaret St., San Jose.

Independent living skills training is provided to older adolescents in foster care and to homeless youth needing additional skills to become productive, independent adults. Groups focus on teaching skills to youth such as locating employment and permanent housing, developing personal budgets, and using community resources.

FEES : Vary according to service and income. Many services are free. Private insurance, military insurance accepted.

ELGIBILITY : Varies according to program.

AREAS SERVED : Santa Clara County

PROCEDURE : Walk in or apply by phone.

TRANSPORTATION : VTA stops within 2 blocks

ACCESSIBILITY : Special parking, wheelchair accessible, restroom.

LANGUAGES : English, Vietnamese, Spanish, Chinese (Cantonese), Greek, Japanese, Chinese (Mandarin)

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REFERRAL

NAME : Catholic Worker House

LOCATION : 545 Cassia Street, Redwood City CA 94063-2016

PHONE : (650) 366-4415

HOURS : Daily, 9am-9pm

EMAIL : N/A

WEB : N/A

DESCRIPTION : Provides a short-term (one week to six months) alternative residence for teenagers age 15-18 who need a safe place to stay while working out family problems, making arrangements for a foster home or other longer term housing. The intake process includes having the teenager meet personally with a staff member who will also contact a parent or probation officer. The house is usually full, so there may be a wait before the person can move in. Staff assist youth with employment, medical care, educational or legal needs or any other necessary services. Usually three or four teens live in the home at one time. Staff also can work with teens living elsewhere. Publishes a bimonthly newsletter.

Families in need can come to the home for furniture (if available). Food is distributed each Friday to persons in need.

Escuela Para Mujeres, also known as the Catholic Worker Language School, provides free classes in the English language primarily to low-income Hispanic women in Redwood City. Classes are held during the day and evening and on weekends at 822 Heller Street, Redwood City. Call 650-366-8315 for more information or to volunteer. Tutoring for elementary age school children is also available.

FEES : None

ELGIBILITY : Ages 15-18

AREAS SERVED : San Mateo County

PROCEDURE : Walk in or apply by phone

TRANSPORTATION : SAMTRANS stops within 1 block

ACCESSIBILITY : Not wheelchair accesible at this time

LANGUAGES : Spanish

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REFERRAL

NAME : Youth and Family Enrichment Services (YFES)

Daybreak Program

LOCATION : 639 Douglas Avenue

Redwood City, CA 94063

PHONE : (650) 364-4633; (650) 366-2927 ext. 389 Intake

HOURS : Daily 5pm-8am

EMAIL : N/A

WEBDaybreak

DESCRIPTION : A shelter for homeless teenagers in San Mateo County. Youth can stay in the shelter for up to six months. Support services place the youth in schools and jobs while teaching them independent living skills. A transitional housing component is then available for another 12 months which includes rental subsidy support. Teenagers are referred to Daybreak by outreach workers at various YFES programs.

Formerly a part of Youth and Family Assistance (YFA), which has merged with Family and Community Enrichment Services (FACES) to become Youth and Family Enrichment Services (YFES).

FEES : None

ELGIBILITY : Age 16-19, homeless

AREAS SERVED : Marin County, Alameda County, San Francisco County, Contra Costa County, Santa Clara County, San Mateo County

PROCEDURE : Call YFES Outreach Team at 650-366-2927 ext. 389

TRANSPORTATION : SAMTRANS stops within 2 blocks

ACCESSIBILITY : Not wheelchair accessible at this time

LANGUAGES : Spanish

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REFERRAL

NAME : Larkin Street Youth Center

LOCATION : 1044 Larkin Street,San Francisco CA 94109

PHONE : (800) 669-6196 Hotline 24 hours daily; (415) 673-0911

HOURS : Hotline is 24 hours daily

EMAILmail@larkinstreetyouth.org

WEBhttp://www.larkinstreetyouth.org

DESCRIPTION : Offers a continuum of services designed to help homeless and runaway youth find permanent alternatives to street life. Services include street outreach, a drop-in center that includes three meals a day, counseling, support groups and recreation, case management, and two emergency shelters. The agency also offers longer term, transitional housing. In addition, a medical clinic provides primary care as well as anonymous HIV testing and counseling. There is an on-site, accredited school, licensed foster care training and placement, vocational training, and information and referral center with client group activities and counseling, a transitional living program which includes educational and vocational opportunities and a residential facility and services for young people living with HIV. Shelters and housing include: The Diamond Youth Shelter, The LOFT (transitional housing), Lark-Inn for Youth, and The Ellis Street Apartments.

FEES : None

ELGIBILITY : Ages 12-23

AREAS SERVED : Contra Costa County, San Mateo County, San Francisco County, Marin County, Alameda County, Santa Clara County

PROCEDURE : Walk in or apply by phone

TRANSPORTATION : MUNI – 2 Clement, 3 Jackson, 4 Sutter, 19 Polk, 47 Van Ness. BART to Civic Center Station, then transfer to 19 Polk

ACCESSIBILITY : Wheelchair accessible

LANGUAGES : Spanish

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REFERRAL

NAME : Mount St. Joseph-St. Elizabeth

LOCATION : 100 Masonic Avenue,San Francisco CA 94118-4494

PHONE : (415) 567-8370

HOURS : M-F, 9-5

EMAIL :

WEBEpiphany Center

DESCRIPTION : Provides a structured clinical program utilizing a strength-based approach and designed to meet the mental, physical, educational and spiritual needs of severely emotionally disturbed adolescents (age 13-17), some of whom are pregnant and/or parenting, and the infants of parenting adolescents (age 0-3). The program is designed to promote the necessary skills to achieve individual goals and to prepare young women to lead a productive and successful life.

FEES : Set fees, usually paid by county or state placement agency

ELGIBILITY : Female, age 13-17, in need of out-of-home placement

AREAS SERVED : San Francisco County, San Mateo County, Santa Clara County, Northern California, Marin County, Contra Costa County, Alameda County

PROCEDURE : Apply by phone. Appointment necessary for interview. Some services require referral

TRANSPORTATION : MUNI – 38 Geary, 43 Masonic stop within 1 block

ACCESSIBILITY : Elevator, Wheelchair accessible, Ramp

LANGUAGES : Spanish

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REFERRAL

NAME : Youth and Family Enrichment Services (YFES)

Your House South

LOCATION : 394 Sequoia Avenue,Redwood City CA 94061-3444

PHONE : (650) 367-9687

HOURS : 24 hours daily

EMAIL : N/A

WEB:  Your House South

DESCRIPTION : An up to thirty-day temporary housing and counseling service for youth, age 10-17, who are experiencing family problems or have run away from home. The co-ed residential program is licensed for up to six youths, and provides a neutral place for parents and youth to come together to work out problems. Services include short-term crisis intervention; family, individual and group counseling; and a 24-hour crisis/support phone line. After returning home, youth and family are offered additional counseling sessions. The program is voluntary and the youth are expected to comply with house rules and participate in services offered. A youth and his or her parent or guardian must consent to placement. The program does not accept youth who are chemically addicted or severely emotionally ill.

Formerly a part of Youth and Family Assistance (YFA), which has merged with Family and Community Enrichment Services (FACES) to become Youth and Family Enrichment Services (YFES).

FEES : Vary according to income. Most costs are covered by Human Services Agency

ELGIBILITY : Ages 10-17

AREAS SERVED : San Mateo County

PROCEDURE : Walk in or apply by phone for an appointment

TRANSPORTATION : SAMTRANS, CALTRAIN stop within 1 block

ACCESSIBILITY : Wheelchair accessible

LANGUAGES : Spanish

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OnYourMind.net is a project of the StarVista Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Center
in San Mateo County, and is staffed by volunteer high school students
from the Bay Area who have been trained to help other teens.