COMMUNITY SUPPORT PROGRAMS
Street Outreach & Drop-In Center
Since 1994, Youth Continuum has operated the only homeless youth drop-in and intervention/treatment center in the region with targeted street and community outreach.
Youth who come to the Drop-In Center are assessed by our Youth Navigators for housing eligibility while every effort is made to divert them from the homeless system whenever possible. A full range of gateway services are provided including emergency food and clothing, hygiene and parenting supplies, shower and laundry facilities, and access to a computer lab to remain connected to friends and family while also having the ability to search and apply for jobs online and continue educational pursuits.
Mental health and substance abuse counseling as well as intensive case management are available at no cost to youth. Each year, we see over 200 newly identified youth who are either homeless or unstably housed, as well as a wide range of other populations of youth including those with mental health and/or substance abuse issues, teen/young-adult parents, youth suffering from domestic violence, and LGBTQ youth.
Our Drop-In Center is equipped with resources to support you and help you thrive.
We work with you to help you create and achieve your education goals. We can help you identify short-term and long-term objectives, enroll or apply for schools, and/or set up daycare if needed.
We assist you with identifying your skills and experience, creating your resume, learning and practicing interview skills, and choosing attire for job interviews. There is a job board that we update weekly where we post the most recent local job opportunities.
Use one of our desktop computers to set up or check email, search for job opportunities, apply for jobs or schools, complete schoolwork, print pay stubs, and more. Free access to a fax machine and copier is also available.
Community Kitchen and Food Share
Kitchen and food are free for all of our clients!
We have washer and dryer access for all our clients. To use our laundry services, call us to schedule a time to come in to ensure there are machines available. We will help you coordinate your schedule, and you can hang out with other youth and staff while you wait for your laundry to be done!
Our clothing closet is free for all our clients for you to borrow and wash or keep our available clothing if you need it.
Sexual Health Services
We have free contraceptives on site and offer free sexual health support if you need it.
To learn more about our Street Outreach Program and Drop In Center, please call (203) 777-8445; x2.
Clinical & Case Management Support
For youth and families requiring unique supports to manage problematic psychiatric and behavioral issues, Youth Continuum provides credentialed clinical and case management support, co-located at our homeless youth Drop-In Center. Provided at no cost to clients, Youth Continuum’s clinical and case management staff accept self-referrals as well as through area courts and other community provider agencies.
Minor Victims of Domestic Trafficking Program
Through this program we provide intensive case management, housing options and supportive services for youth under the age of 18 who have been victims of domestic sex and/or labor trafficking.
Working closely with community partners including local police, Child Welfare Services, the FBI, and mental health providers, Youth Continuum continues to develop systematic approaches to preventing future trafficking of minor youth and addressing the intensive services needs of victims of trafficking, and their families.