Homeless Youth Find Respite at SA Shelters

This statistic might surprise you: 1 out of every 3 homeless people are under the age of 18. This year, 1.6 to 1.7 million youths (under 18 years of age) will experience homelessness.

I know, a little heavy for Monday morning! Facts like these are the very reasons why The Salvation Army strives each day to battle cyclical homelessness among America’s youth.

In the short term, Salvation Army adoption and after-school programs, youth camps and recreational centers provide kids and teenagers with learning opportunities, counseling, financial assistance or just plain fun. Youth homelessness is a most often the result of a difficult home life, so through these programs, we strive to encourage growth and positive experiences to deter negative influences or choices.

When a teen does decide to walk out of his or her parent’s house and into the streets, The Salvation Army offers a long term solution in our youth transitional living shelters. These centers provide homeless teens with warm beds, food, community, and services that aim to end the cycle of homelessness and reunite families.

The Salvation Army’s Brown Booth House in St. Paul, MN, is doing just that and more. The soon-to-be opened youth residential facility is a long awaited answer to the community’s 1,300 homeless teens. Thanks to a three year grant from the Otto Bremer Foundation, The Salvation Army was able to add more beds to the shelter and additional staff and volunteers are now needed.

Would you like to apply, volunteer or simply offer a donation to the Brown Booth House? Call 651.251.3502 to learn more or click here to donate.

This video from Kare 11 News in Minneapolis and St. Paul tells a little more- check it out: