Runaway and Homeless Youth

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Homelessness is a real serious health issue all over the world that must be addressed. A lot of people in a public frequently misunderstand the cause of homelessness. Remarks regarding homeless people such as “they need to just get a job” or “go to school” are normally used liberally by members of society because they neglect to look at the complete issue. Homelessness does not discriminate. Individuals that have previously experience or may experience being homeless can be from different regions, have different cultural backgrounds, ages, and could be of any gender. Minorities seem to be mostly affected by homelessness. A study done in 2012 found that the homeless population is consisted of 39% non-Hispanic Whites, 42% …show more content…
A total of 61,597 youth were served last year.
• On average, 1,721 youth were sheltered at Covenant House every night of the year in 2012.
• A total of 628,267 nights of shelter were provided.
• Residential and Community Service Center programs cared for 25,577 youth.
• Outreach served an additional 36,020 youth - nearly five thousand more than in 2011.
• NINELINE received 8,176 crisis calls.
• Acercatel (Mexico helpline) received 4,775 crisis calls.
Covenant House received a three-star charity rating from Charity Navigator, America's premier independent charity evaluator, indicating that Covenant House "exceeds or meets industry standards and performs as well as or better than most charities in its Cause." Covenant House also meets all 20 of the comprehensive and demanding standards of the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance (The Covenant House 2014). The prevention program I will be designing will strive to work as hard for the community like The Covenant House. “Home away from Home” is a homeless shelter for youths, children, and runaways between the ages 13 – 20 that have been emancipated. The program will be dedicated to transforming the lives of homeless, runaway and threaten youth during the course of safe, supportive, and encouraging relationships and helpful and innovative services that influence them toward independence. It is a nonprofit agency that will provide comprehensive
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