The Street Outreach Program was created to address the increasing number of at-risk youth living on the streets and engaging in potentially self-destructive behaviors. The program utilizes paid staff and trained volunteers to contact street youth and connect them with resources they need to be safe and healthy. Youth are provided with personal care items, STI prevention information and supplies, informational counseling, referrals to meal sites, referrals to shelter services and referrals for counseling and medical care as appropriate.
The program's primary goals are to
- Provide access to emergency shelter and assist youth in moving to safe housing
- Connect youth with the support services they need to develop positive lifestyles
- Provide youth with access to culturally-competent STI information, prevention and treatment services
Every year, the Street Outreach Program provides services to more than 1,000 youth, giving out thousands of personal care products, food, drink and information items.
"I can honestly say that they (Briarpatch Street Outreach staff) are the reason I have a stable house for my children. I was ready to give up and Erika, my case worker, wouldn’t let me!” If it wasn’t for her giving me hope, I don’t know where I would be today.”
There was a certain human element missing from many of the other services offered to me while living on the street. When I met Tyler, I was at a point where I was starting to wonder if I would have to live out most of my life on the streets. With Tyler, I was treated like an actual person”
- Provided services to 1,228 youth and young adults ages 12-24
- 3,500 outreach hours were provided