Bellefaire JCB’s Homeless and Missing Youth Program was initiated in October 2006 through a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to establish a program for homeless, missing, and runaway youth who are in need of crisis intervention, possible respite and case management. Today, the program serves approximately 4,000 teens, families and community members each year through initiatives including those listed below. Team Provides Hope and Help for Missing Teens, WKYC
Physical abuse. Sexual orientation. Neglect. There are many reasons why you may feel like you need to leave home or have already done so. You may feel sad, ashamed or anxious about your family's stress. Perhaps you don't think anyone understands how you feel or you need to make a connection with something or someone who can make you feel better about yourself.
We can help. Members of our Homeless and Missing Youth Program are available 24/7 at 216.570.8010 to talk to you and help you find a temporary safe place to stay. We know that sometimes in order to survive on the street you might feel like turning to drugs or survival sex is your only option. Our goal is to keep you safe and help you get the support you need.
Do you know the real story about the teens hanging out at your house? You can be a trusted adult. Have the conversation.
Many homeless teens escape a home where they suffer physical abuse or are rejected by their families because of their sexual orientation. Young people who leave home often find themselves scared, confused, lonely, hungry, and cash-strapped. As a result, they easily fall victim to drug and alcohol abuse or dealing, physical and sexual abuse, violence, and/or suicide. Runaway and homeless youth are particularly at-risk for engaging in survival sex. One in three youth who have been gone from home for two weeks or longer are at serious risk of being trafficked for sex.
One of the most important things you can do to protect your child is to create an environment in which he or she feels comfortable talking with you. Open communication is key.
Suspect or Know A Teen In Trouble?
We can help you unfold the truth and provide support and options for the teen. Call the Homeless and Missing Youth 24/7 Hotline at 216-570-8010 in Cuyahoga County. On-call emergency staff will respond either by phone or in person to a youth’s need for crisis intervention due to homelessness, the threat of taking off or runaway behaviors. First Call for Help 211 helps find shelter and community resources throughout Ohio.
The Safe Place program in Cleveland is a partnership among Bellefaire JCB's Homeless and Missing Youth Program, Cleveland Public Libraries, the Greater Cleveland RTA and Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry’s Next Step/Westhaven.
Under this program, a child or teen can board any Greater Cleveland RTA bus or rapid train and tell the driver that he or she needs help. Drivers are trained to call Bellefaire JCB’s Homeless Youth Program or Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry’s Next Step/Westhaven depending on the geographical location of the bus or train.
Placards on buses and other community sites, including Cleveland Metropolitan School District, provide students with further information about the program and how to access.
Safe Place is a national youth outreach program that educates thousands of young people every year about the dangers of running away or trying to resolve difficult, threatening situations on their own. This easily-replicated initiative involves the whole community to provide safe havens and resources for youth in crisis. Safe Place creates a network of Safe Place locations — schools, fire stations, libraries, grocery and convenience stores, public transit, YMCAs and other appropriate public buildings – that display the yellow and black diamond-shaped Safe Place sign. These locations extend the doors of the youth service agency or emergency shelter throughout the community. Youth can easily access immediate help wherever they are.
You can help by donating hygiene and survival kits that are given to youth as they enter our program. Call us at 216-320-6845 for information or to make arrangements for a drop-off.
Travel sized items should be placed in plastic sealable bags.
Place in plastic sealable bag and include a note with words of support for a homeless youth.
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