HFY Runaway & Homeless Youth Services

Since the inception of Hope For Youth’s Street Outreach Program in May of 2020, our Runaway & Homeless Youth Services have expanded. We have been able to increase our reach of new youth in need of services and also have been fortunate to expand our after-care program. When a youth discharges from our Shelter program, we have an Outreach Worker who meets with the youth on a monthly sometimes weekly basis, to help them with food insecurity, Department of Social Services applications, resume work, medication management, etc. These services are critical for most youth.

Another first, this past holiday season we were able to provide gifts to previous Shelter residents which included diapers, groceries, gift cards, clothing and toiletries. It was great that we were able to give a little extra to former residents, and their families in some cases, whom are in need.

As our programs continue to expand, we are grateful that the number of youth we can positively impact grows as well.

HFY’s Newest Collaboration

Hope For Youth & the Suffolk County Department of Social Services, Family and Children’s Division, have partnered with the Redlich Horowitz Foundation to acquire software that will streamline the process of recruiting, licensing, and training foster parents in Suffolk County. The acquisition of software is only one step in our continued partnership to increase the volume of therapeutic, kinship and regular foster care homes in the county. With this partnership we can EXPAND OUR CAPACITY TOGETHER in 2021 and ensure all youth have a HOME by 21 years old.

A Time For Reflection

Martin Luther King Day is a day of remembrance, reflection and service. Together, the country celebrates the civil rights leader, whose life came to an untimely end in 1968. The following are just a few of his well-known quotes, and thoughts we should all try to keep in mind:

“The time is always right, to do what is right.”

“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”

“We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.”

Finding Forever Homes in Times of COVID19

Hope For Youth is proud to have an established Wendy’s Wonderful Kids program, a signature program of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. A program that is bringing children waiting to be adopted from foster care, one step closer to safe, loving and permanent homes.

The pandemic has greatly affected foster youth, whom are aging out of the system. What is typically a challenging situation, has been made even more difficult. Click here to learn about the current need of older youth. Our recruiters are working hard, to ensure they assist youth aging out in every way possible.

Learn about our program here. Hope For Youth currently has 3 Wendy’s Wonderful Kids recruiters who serve Nassau & Suffolk counties.

January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month

January is National Human Trafficking Awareness Month. Awareness needs to be raised, regarding anti–human trafficking. Community awareness certainly makes a difference.

Local Salvation Army organizations and other nonprofits strive to make a difference regarding trafficking, here in the USA. Human trafficking is a form of modern slavery, a multi–billion–-dollar criminal industry that denies freedom to 40.3 million people around the world. And no matter where you live, chances are it’s happening nearby. From the girl forced into prostitution in a hotel room, to a man discovered in a restaurant kitchen, stripped of his passport and held against his will. All trafficking victims share one essential experience—the loss of freedom.

In The Salvation Army there are 28 programs across the United States dedicated to serving survivors of trafficking. Fighting a good fight, for those held against their will.

2021, We’re Ready For You!

Hope For Youth wishes each of you a very peaceful and healthy new year. Happy New Year to All!

Only 3 Days Left to Help Save Our Shelter

SOS Fundraiser will wrap up on the 31st. There is only a few days left to help the runaway and homeless teens of Suffolk County. Please consider making a donation: https://www.classy.org/campaign/homeisnowhere/c299905

Grateful for Hope for the Holidays Supporters

We’d like to thank the following supporters who did a tremendous job contributing to our holidays. All youth were “adopted” for the holiday and the generosity of the following was amazing: St. Frances De Chantal of Wantagh, Pixie Nursery School of Wantagh and the First Presbyterian Church of Smithtown. Yes, it takes a village!

Happy Holidays to All

From all of us at Hope For Youth, we send each of you best wishes for the holiday season, and the new year!

Uniquely Yours Boutique

Sending thanks, a HUGE thank you, to Uniquely Yours for their support of Hope For Youth children. They “adopted” many of our youth for the holiday season and certainly made Christmas much merrier! The generosity of Boutique owner, Linda Rhoads, and her network of customers, friends, community members and family was over whelming. We received several gift deliveries over the past few weeks and it was unbelievable, all that was donated. We wish all of our amazing donors, the happiest of holidays! We have much to be grateful for!

And if you happen to be in, or near Seaford, stop in the Boutique and check it out!