|Description:||Streetwork Overnight Shelter Helping Create Activities|
The program philosophy of Safe Horizon’s homeless youth programming, Streetwork, is as follows: We are committed to reaching out to the homeless and disenfranchised youth of New York City, offering them respite from hunger, cold, loneliness and fear, and the opportunity to reclaim for themselves a sense of dignity and self-worth.
Our goal is to extend ourselves to these young people through our presence on the streets, through the services we provide, and through the love we are willing to express. With every bag lunch, medical appointment, referral, condom, and group we offer, we communicate to our clients our concern for their lives and our belief in their potential.
Our mission is to act as a catalyst for their self-empowerment. As we tell them, they may be on the streets but they are not of the streets and someday they can get off the streets.
The Streetwork Overnight Shelter has been providing housing to homeless and street-involved youth for over ten years. The 24-bed co-ed shelter provides emergency, low-threshold housing for 30-60 days in a safe and supportive environment to youth ages 17 to 21.
Streetwork Overnight Staff establish and maintain a loving, warm and friendly environment where they work very hard to make youth feel as if they are in a home and not a shelter.
Unlike many other housing providers for homeless youth, Streetwork Overnight maintains a low-threshold approach to service provision, so that young people who have had difficulty accessing services at other, more restrictive shelters can successfully engage in the program over the long term. The shelter’s emphasis on working with these youth helps to ensure that they do not “fall through the cracks.”
We can use help with administrative activities during the day and are hoping to expand activities for our youth in the evenings. Please let us know if you would be interested in volunteering your time to help with any of the following: Schedules to be determined!
We can use volunteers/interns with administrative work during the day: filing papers, data entry, updating spreadsheets, organizing
Working with clients: group work: conducting a yoga group, art group, recreation group, employment group, writing group, poetry group, dance group, etc.
Volunteers to help in the kitchen: cooking, serving meals
Interns to do client work: doing intakes, meeting with clients, doing case notes, assessments