SafeKids goes by the McKinney-Vento definition of homeless which includes youth who are doubled up and couch surfing. SafeKids uses the term youth (as the state does) as 12-24 year olds, because science now proves that a young person’s brain doesn’t fully form until at least 25 years of age. Some of our youth have had many Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) and trauma which have caused learning issues as well. For more information about The McKinney-Vento Act, Trauma and ACES please call for an appointment 636-300-9000
SafeKids houses under aged youth (12-18) in the Host Home Program. Community members like you, open their homes to house these youth locally so that they can stay in their school of origin. SafeKids follows the strict guidelines. Interested families go through an extensive application and screening process and if match is found a youth is welcomed into the home. All families are background checked, their homes are visited, case management and other supports are given to both the youth and the host family. In most situations, mediation and reunification with the biological family is the goal.
SafeKids offers housing for young adults ages 16-24. Taylors House offers emergency, short term, and transitional housing. There are strict rules in order to be housed onsite, including urinalysis drug screening and a background check upon entry. Young adults are expected to be in school full time, working full time, or working onsite 20 hours a week and seeking employment 20 hours per week. There is a curfew, daily chores and responsibilities.
STATION365 - DROP IN CENTER
STATION365 Drop-In Center
The Drop-in Center is located at 365 Main Street - St Clair. It is open for all youth ages 12-24 between the hours of 2pm-6pm Monday through Friday. There is always an adult in the Drop-in Center and if a youth under the age of 18 is there, a staff or volunteer chaperones them while on site. The Drop-in Center itself is approx. 828 sq. feet with a kitchen, food storage and dining / TV area. There are security cameras in every room, which can be monitored remotely, and every staff member, volunteer, and youth over the age of 18 has a background check done.
The program will recruit, screen and train adult volunteers to be host homes, then match homeless youth with those volunteer host homes so that the youth may continue to live, attend school, and work within their respective community. The host home experience will give youth the time, space and support to stabilize, address immediate needs and work on their personal goals to make a more positive transition into young adulthood.
SafeSpots is a youth outreach and prevention program for young people 12 to 24 in need of emergency housing, jobs, food and safety. As a community partnership program, SafeSpots designates businesses and organizations as safe locations, making help readily available to youth in our community.