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Our Youth Service programs, summarized below, help young people identify and use their own strengths, develop a vision beyond their current circumstances, and establish healthy contact with relatives when possible.



Youth Outreach


120-Day Interim




Transitional Living


The Crib

Continuing Care













Who the program serves


Primarily teens, some adults


Homeless and runaway youth, ages 14-21, including their children


Teen moms, ages 14-21, their children, baby's fathers, and extended families


Homeless and runaway youth, ages 16-23, including their children who have graduated from our 120-day program


Homeless and runaway youth, ages 18-24

Former residents of our 120-day Interim program and our Transitional Living Program













Services we provide


Street counseling, food, clothing, structured groups, HIV prevention and testing, health services, connections to other services.


Housing and supportive services for 4 months aimed at stabilizing housing and helping residents take steps to achieve life goals.


Includes 8-bed shelter and community services for homeless and tenuously-housed pregnant and parenting teens. Ongoing supportive services, including prenatal care, parenting education, reducing subsequent pregnancies, and housing advocacy.


Includes two connected "apartments" - one for young men, one for young women. Each wing has its own kitchen and each resident has their own room. They must do their laundry at a laundromat in the community.


Twenty beds in an overnight shelter providing dinner, showers, laundry, breakfast, and a sack lunch for the next day.

Supportive services aimed at helping clients maintain stable housing.













Where and when the program operates


Lakeview, near Halsted & Belmont,
Tuesdays & Thursdays from 8:30-11 p.m.


24 hours a day, all year long at our 16-bed, 5-crib program housed at Open Door Youth Shelter - West Town


At our our 8-bed, 8-crib Open Door Youth Shelter-Lakeview


24 hours a day, all year long at our 8-bed, 4-crib program housed at Open Door Youth Shelter – West Town


In the basement of Lakeview Lutheran Church from 9 p.m. to 9 a.m.

Case Manager works with youth in community settings



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