Runaway & Homeless Shelter

The Sanctuary

The Lower Hudson Valley Runaway and Homeless Youth Shelter Program

Westchester & Rockland Emergency Hotline 1-888-997-1583 or 1-877-540-7680

When teens from the Lower Hudson Valley 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 Lower Hudson Valley,including Westchester and Rockland Counties, and has been operated by Children’s Village since 1994. The program was expanded in 2003.

Youth from the Lower Hudson Valley age 12 to 17 may access The Sanctuary 24 hours a day, 7 days per week by calling the hotline numbers or being referred by the Street Outreach program, police, guidance counselors, therapists, community leaders, social service agencies, family members, church groups, or other professionals. The Sanctuary is a voluntary short-term program. Barring unusual circumstances, youth may stay for a maximum of 21 to 30 days depending on the type of services needed. The admission process is simple. It only takes a call to our hotline and a youth’s willingness to be admitted. The Sanctuary is a “Safe Space” for LGBTQ youth and is able to accommodate both males and females. The program provides food, shelter, clothing, skills assessment, counseling, medical care, preventive respite and aftercare services to help young people in crisis take control of their lives. The most common reason for a youth to request admission to The Sanctuary is that they have had a conflict with their parent(s) or guardian(s). A youth’s average length of stay is 9-10 days and they remain in the custody of their guardian(s) at all times. While at The Sanctuary, they are transported round-trip to their school.  Approximately 90% of the youth admitted to The Sanctuary return to their parent or guardian with supportive services from the community.

Staff is here 24 hours a day, seven days a week to work with the youth and families who request our services.

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