Children’s Village operates Maya’s Place in the Bronx and The Sanctuary in Westchester County. Both are warm, inviting homes that offer safe alternatives to frightening and dangerous nights on the streets.
The Sanctuary welcomes boys and girls between the ages of 12 and 17, while Maya’s Place is for girls from 16 to 20. Both shelters have space for pregnant or parenting teens and are safe spaces for LGBTQ youth.
Teens can come to the shelters any time day or night. Youth can call the hotlines, speak to a Street Outreach worker, or ask for help from a police officer, guidance counselor, or other professional.
The most common reason for a teen coming to the shelter is a conflict with a parent or guardian, but teens come because they have been abandoned, are being trafficked, or have been living on the streets. The shelters are totally voluntary. Youth can stay up to 30 days, but can leave any time.
While at the Sanctuary or Maya’s Place, teens attend their regular school during the day and, after school, have counseling sessions, group meetings, recreation, trips, and chores. Our goal is to return teens to their families, but when that is not possible or advisable, we find a safe place for them to stay. Approximately 90% of the youth admitted to the shelters return to their parent or guardian with help to resolve future conflicts.
Sanctuary Hotlines: 1-888-997-1583 or 1-877-540-7680
Maya’s Place Hotline: 718-583-2380