The mission of Loving Arms Street Outreach Program is to promote safety, stability and well-being for youth/young adults who have experienced or been exposed to homelessness, violence, neglect or trauma. Loving Arms achieves this by providing shelter, individual and family counseling, Life skills education, community services and prevention education for youth, adults and families.
The Street Outreach Program enables Loving Arms to help young youth/young adults get off the streets. To that end, the program promotes efforts to build relationships between street outreach workers and runaway, kicked out and street youth. Also to provide support services that aim to move youth into stable housing and prepare them for independence. The program’s ultimate goal is to prevent youth from living on the streets or in unstable housing. couch surfing, staying temporarily with friends or family, living in an unsafe or unstable environment at home, unable to resolve conflict with parents or guardians and sleeping unsheltered, outside, in a car, or other places not meant for housing.
Loving Arms Street Outreach Program provides services directly or by collaborating with other agencies. In particular, our street outreach program works closely with other organizations that work to protect and treat young people who have runaway, thrown out of home, been or are at risk of sexual abuse or exploitation. Street outreach services include the following:
- Street-based education and outreach
- Access to emergency shelter
- Survival aid
- Individual assessments
- Treatment and counseling
- Prevention and education activities
- Information and referrals
- Crisis intervention
- Follow-up support
- connection to community services
- basic need supplies (food, clothing, hygiene, first-aid)
All services are free,
confidential and voluntary
National Runaway Switchboard
Information for youth, parents and providers.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
The Trevor Project
Information for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Youth
My Child has Run Away from Home: A Resource Booklet for Parents
Runaways and Drug Abuse: 15 Ways to Reach Out and Make a Difference http://www.drugrehab.org/
How to Discipline a Runaway Child & Consequences
Alone without a Home: A State-by-State Review of Laws Affecting Unaccompanied Youth
The National Network for Youth
Association of Child and Youth Care Practice, Inc. (ACYCP)
The ACYCP is a membership organization of state and regional associations, child and youth care agencies, and professionals committed to improving the field of child and youth care and the promotion and development of professional competencies.
Helping Americas Youth
Helping America’s Youth is a nationwide effort to raise awareness about the challenges facing our youth, particularly at-risk boys, and to motivate caring adults to connect with youth in three key areas: family, school, and community.
National Alliance to End Homelessness (NAEH)
The National Alliance analyzes policy and develops pragmatic, cost-effective policy solutions. They work collaboratively with the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to build state and local capacity, leading to stronger programs and policies that help communities achieve their goal of ending homelessness. They can provide data and research to policymakers and elected officials in order to inform policy debates and educate the public and opinion leaders nationwide.
National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY)
A national grassroots membership association, NAEHCY serves as the voice and the social conscience for the education of children and youth in homeless situations. NAEHCY connects educators, parents, advocates, researchers, and service providers to ensure school enrollment and attendance, and overall success for children and youth whose lives have been disrupted by the lack of safe, permanent, and adequate housing.
National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE)
The Center provides research, resources, and information enabling communities to address the educational needs of children and youth experiencing homelessness.
National Network for Youth (NN4Y)
The National Network for Youth has been serving the youth of America for more than 30 years by championing the needs of runaway, homeless and other disconnected youth. They are a membership organization that provides advocacy, innovation and services.
National Youth Development Information Center (NYDIC)
National Youth Development Information Center is a one-stop website for youth workers with interest in any and all of the following areas: funding, programming, research, policy, job and training opportunities. NYDIC also provides current news to the youth development field and has one of the largest online libraries, providing practice-related information at low-cost or no cost. NYDIC provides constant opportunities for practitioners to share knowledge and experience, enabling them to build the best practice in the field of youth development.
Safe Place provides access to immediate help and supportive resources for all young people in crisis through a network of sites sustained by qualified agencies, trained volunteers and businesses.
Help 4 MD Youth
Help4MDYouth.org is an initiative of the Maryland Youth Crisis Hotline Network. The Maryland Crisis Hotline Network was established in 1990 as the Maryland Youth Crisis Hotline. Maryland was the first and remains the only State with a comprehensive, decentralized hotline network. A caller in Maryland simple dials the toll-free number and accesses a hotline center in their region. All centers operate 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, 365 days a year. Now the Maryland Crisis Hotline Network is providing online crisis chat services Monday-Friday 4pm-9pm.
Help Homeless Kids Now
The Homeless Children and Youth Act is bi-partisan legislation that would make it easier for homeless children, youth, and families to receive homeless assistance, no matter where they happen to be staying.