The winners of the New York Community Trust-New York Magazine Nonprofit Excellence Awards were announced yesterday to a crowd of approximately 300 funders, nonprofits, and industry experts. The Gold Winner in Overall Management Excellence is The Children’s Village, which will receive a $30,000 prize plus scholarships worth $14,000 for staff More Info
Runaway & Homeless Shelter
CV operates a shelter to care for runaway and homeless youth in the Lower Hudson Valley. If you are a youth in Westchester or Rockland County and need immediate assistance, please call one of the emergency hotline numbers below. The hotline is answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and every call is completely confidential.
Westchester Emergency Hotline: 1-888-997-1583
When Westchester teens run away from home, are in need of respite services, or otherwise become homeless, The Children’s Village’s Sanctuary program is often the only thing between them and frightening and dangerous nights on the streets. The Sanctuary is the only shelter for youth in the County, and has been operated since 1994 by The Children’s Village. The program was expanded in 2003.
Westchester County Youth 12 to 17 years old may access The Sanctuary 24 hours a day, 7 days per week by calling the hotline or being referred by the Street Outreach program, police, guidance counselors, therapists, community leaders, church groups or other professionals. The Sanctuary is a short-term program and, barring unusual circumstances youth may stay for a maximum of 21-30 days depending on the type of services needed. The admission process is simple. It only takes a call and a youth’s willingness to be admitted. The Sanctuary is a “Safe Space” for LGBTQ youth and is able to accommodate both male and female youth.
Project Turning Point
Rockland Emergency Hotline: 1-877-540-7680
The Children’s Village operates Project Turning Point, Rockland County’s only program for runaway and homeless youth, both male and female, ages 14-21. Project Turning Point provides comprehensive services (including food, clothing and medical care) and life skills development to approximately 80 youth annually. Project Turning Point is a “Safe Space” for LGBTQ youth and admission is a simple process. The youth calls our hotline and requests admission. There is no lengthy admission application.
Project Turning Point serves youth who are aging out of foster care, have signed themselves out of foster care, or are in the community experiencing family problems. These youth all have an extremely high need for housing support. Because of their age, they have difficulty in entering other social services and are vulnerable to homelessness. Project Turning Point provides a safe environment that stabilizes these young people and helps them get connected to other county services. Referrals to Project Turning Point come from DSS, probation, schools, church groups, parole, private therapists, family members, peers, social service agencies, etc.