Galveston Bay Region

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Runaway and Homeless Youth Programs


CRISIS LINE – The Children’s Center operates a crisis line for Runaway and Homeless Youth seeking safety in the Galveston Bay Area – (Galveston County and the Clear Lake and Pasadena Areas of Harris County). It is a 24-hour, toll-free number, (866) 763-8861. Professionals staff are available to provide options for emergency and non-emergency information and referral, emergency shelter, return home, transportation and other resources, depending on circumstances. The Crisis Response Team is available 24-hours per day to travel to the youth and provide access to these and other options.

SAFE PLACE – Project Safe Place is a partnership between Galveston Bay Area businesses and The Children’s Center, Inc. to provide strategic locations for youth in need of crisis support. Safe Place sites are branded with the Safe Place logo and local youth are trained through outreach activities on locations and services. Safe Place sites provide trained volunteers who respond to inquiring youth through provision of space, immediate contact with The Children’s Center, Inc. Crisis Line and interface with The Children’s Center staff, for triage and support.

HOST HOMES – Jameson Center Host Homes are volunteer families who provide emergency shelter to Galveston Bay Area Runaway and Homeless Youth. These youth may need overnight emergency support that includes screening and assessment, immediate family reunification, immediate referral and/or emergency shelter, case management, counseling, family reunification services and/or other appropriate referrals. Host homes are provided through agreement between youth families and host homes and are trauma focused to support youth presenting needs.

OUTREACH/MENTORING – The Children’s Center, Inc. provides an Outreach – Mentoring team that engages community youth and supportive adults. Youth outreach activities include presentations and information exchange at civic, religious, other community groups and schools attended by youth in the Galveston Bay Area. Adult outreach activities include public and private agencies, businesses, civic, religious and other community groups. Youth mentoring that includes psycho-educational information sharing and group process is also provided in the community.

Other Galveston Bay Area Programs

Youth Crisis Center – The Albertine Yeager Youth Crisis provides emergency shelter for older homeless youth between the ages of 18 and 21 years of age. Services include counseling, case management and support for education, work and acquisition of transitional or permanent housing. Youth receive additional support through counseling and social work interns assigned to the program.

Family Crisis Center – The Galveston Island Family Crisis Center provides emergency shelter for area families who are homeless. Services include counseling, case management and support for return to work and permanent housing. Children of families attend local schools and receive additional supports through the Community Youth Development Program and counseling and social work interns assigned to the program.

Rapid Rehousing and Transitional Living – The Children’s Center Inc. provides rapid rehousing and transitional housing for families and youth through permanent housing within the Galveston community. Case management, counseling, home living and employment support services are provided to establish and maintain independent and permanent living within the community.

Community Youth Development Program -The Community Youth Development Program is funded by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, Prevention and Early Intervention Division, Community youth Development Program. It provides funding for juvenile delinquency prevention services in Galveston through proactive mentoring programs in collaboration with organizations and schools in the community, primarily for children and youth between the ages of 10 and 18. These organizations include the Boys and Girls Clubs of Galveston County, Galveston independent School District, Odyssey Academy, Sea Star Base, and others who engage with many area youth to provide resiliency skills and opportunities for positive educational, work and personal development



*Runaway and Homeless Youth Programs in Texas are supported by funding from the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Federal Youth Services Bureau, Runaway and Runaway and Homeless Youth Programs.