HOMELESS YOUTH SERVICES
As one of the only dedicated homeless youth service providers in Tucson, Our Family Services offers housing and support to many hundreds of homeless youth each year. In fact, the vast majority of Tucson’s homeless youth will be helped by Our Family at some point in their lives.
Last year Marie —homeless and only 17 years old— had been on the run for weeks without her diabetes medication and became extremely sick. After stabilization and discharge from a hospital, and with no family or friends to turn to, she was dropped off at Our Family Services Reunion House Teen Shelter, confused and scared.
After a history of drug abuse and gang affiliation, Marie decided that she wanted a new path. By working with Reunion House staff, she earned her GED, obtained a full-time job, cut off all ties to her gang, and remains sober. With your help, Our Family Services is able to provide critical support for Marie and hundreds of others like her each year.
*Name has been changed to protect client confidentiality
Reunion House & Safe Place
We are proud of our Reunion House shelter—a crisis shelter for abused, homeless, and runaway teens; it’s the only shelter of its kind in all of Southern Arizona. Last year, Reunion House offered a safe and supportive home for nearly 250 homeless teens.
Most youth 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.
Reunion House is a Safe Place.
Safe Place is a national youth outreach and prevention program for young people under the age of 18 in need of immediate help and safety. “Safe Places” are venues where young people can show up at any time of the day or night to access emergency housing. Businesses like gas stations, libraries, restaurants, etc. can all register as Safe Places. QuikTrip gas stations, for example, comprise about two thirds of the Safe Place locations across Tucson.
Reunion House is the only licensed Safe Place Agency in all of Pima County. Many of the young people who come to Reunion House are brought there by the National Safe Place Program.