Runaway Shelter & STAR
(Services to At-Risk Youth)
The Centerís Runaway Shelter and STAR program serve ten- to 17-year-old runaway and homeless youths and their families, as well as youth and families that are at risk of abuse, delinquency, or family separation. The programís purpose is to protect the safety and promote the healthy development of at-risk youth by providing each participant with an individualized program of shelter, counseling, skills training, and family reunification and support services.
The STAR program has served El Paso County since 1985 and has received continuous federal financial support. The program is grounded in the core values and principles of Positive Youth Development, and meets or exceeds federal Program Performance Standards. Major components of the project include Project Safe Place, the Runaway Shelter (a licensed, six-bed emergency shelter), and an extensive non-residential counseling and outreach program. Annually, the program provides more than 4,000 hours of counseling and skills training to 800 youths and 1,300 days of emergency shelter care to 200 youths.
This program receives annual financial support from the United Way of El Paso County, the City of El Paso, and the US Department of Health and Human Services.
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