Our Family

Reunion House

Since 1988, Our Family has operated Reunion House a temporary crisis shelter offering safety and stability to homeless and runaway youth, including young people in the care of Department of Child Safety. Most children come to Reunion House with little but the clothes they are wearing. We give them necessities and home-cooked meals, enroll them in school, and reunify them with their families whenever possible. We provide a safe, welcoming home until a permanent placement is arranged, with stays averaging five weeks. Last year, Reunion House was a safe refuge for 247 children.

 

The number of children in Arizona’s foster system has grown to more than 18,000, with no sign of slowing. Our Family is the only agency in Tucson contracted by the State for crisis shelter for 12- to 17-year-olds, and we have just 20 beds. As a result, our community’s children are being sent to other parts of the state, and even out of Arizona.

In response to the overwhelming need, Our Family has built a 20-bed youth shelter to keep more of Tucson’s children safe, off the streets, and in our community. The shelter houses nearly 250 children each year ... children who might otherwise remain in unsafe homes, seek refuge on the streets, or turn to trading sex or drugs to survive.

Have questions about Reunion House? Call (520) 323-1708 x146

Reunion House Wish List:

  • Pillows and pillow cases (New)
  • Twin size sheets (New)
  • Tooth paste and tooth brushes
  • Shampoo
  • Deodorant
  • Socks (for boys and girls)
  • Underwear and boxers (boys and girls)
  • Plain tee-shirts
  • Young Adult Books
  • Board games
  • Basketballs and soccer balls
  • Nail polish and make up

Please deliver donations to 2590 N. Alvernon Way and inform the front desk staff that your donation is for the Reunion House. Have questions about donations? Please contact Janiene Samarripas at (520) 323-1708 x 105.

 

Support for Reunion House is provided by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Arizona Department of Child Safety, the Arizona Department of Education, the Elizabeth Read Taylor Foundation, and QuikTrip Corporation.

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Shelter services

Call (520) 320-5122
or 1-800-537-8696

Reunion House residents are systems referrals (from Department of Child Safety) or are homeless youth who make contact through our crisis line or Street Outreach program. While living in the shelter, youth do chores, help prepare meals and participate in shelter activities. Youth receive case management during their stay, and at the end of it they are assisted with placement in longer-term settings. All services are confidential.

Respite Services: We offer a free, brief stay for youth 12-17 needing a break from their families or a safe alternative to the streets.

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