CYDC also provides a Basic Center shelter, The Beacon, for runaway and homeless youth under 18 years of age, funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families. It offers unique assessment, counseling, and family intervention services, along with aftercare support, designed to reunite youth with their families or provide safe living arrangements upon discharge.
The Beacon is also a designated Safe Place™ location. Safe Place is a national community outreach and awareness program that enables local businesses and community organizations to link youth in need of shelter to CYDC.
If you are a teenager who is thinking of running from home, if you have a friend who has run and is looking for help, or if you are a runaway ready to go home, click here to visit the National Runaway Switchboard website.
If you care about a youth and want information on how you can help someone who may be at risk of running from home, click here to visit the National Runaway Switchboard website.
If you are a teacher looking for information to pass along to your students about youth homelessness or the reality of life on the streets, click here to visit the National Runaway Switchboard website.
The National Runaway Switchboard provides youth and families with community-based referrals.