Boys & Girls Aid

Safe Place

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Location
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454 SE Washington Street
Hillsboro, OR 97123

In 2007, Safe Place opened its doors to serve homeless and runaway youth in Washington County. Since that time, more than 600 young people have been helped by our program. At Safe Place, staff are available all hours of the day and night to meet with youth who are in need of a safe place to stay and the guidance and support of trained, caring adults.

Who Safe Place helps

Safe Place serves youth in Washington County, ages 12 through 19, who are in need of a place to stay and help from our trained staff. Youth may be experiencing homelessness or are at risk of becoming homeless because of instability or conflict in their homes. Youth come to Safe Place in a variety of ways. They may self-refer and simply show up—we provide 24/7 access for these youth. Youth are also referred to us by government agencies, homeless youth providers, families, community members, and law enforcement officials.

For some youth, Safe Place isn’t the right fit. Safe Place does not serve youth who are impaired from using drugs or alcohol, are unable to get along in a group setting, are suicidal, or are in need of crisis mental health treatment or medical care that we cannot provide. When these youth come to Safe Place, our staff carefully connect them with agencies and resources that are better able to meet their needs.

How Safe Place helps

Safe Place starts by meeting each youth’s basic needs: a safe place to sleep, nutritious meals and snacks, clothing, showers, laundry facilities, and a place to keep personal belongings. But that’s not where our services end.

Safe Place offers one-on-one case management. Together with a case manager, each youth creates a plan for their successful future. Case managers help youth achieve their goals by — creating a housing plan, making connections to counseling, public resources, school and GED programs, and helping youth repair or build support systems.  Safe Place also offers skill building groups about topics such as communication, school work, organization, stress management, relationship building, health and well-being, and community resources. There are also recreational activities such as swimming and going to the gym, hiking, board games, playing basketball, and visiting museums and cultural events.

Where Safe Place is located and what it is like

Safe Place is located at 454 SE Washington Street in Hillsboro. The facility is located on the Max line and is within blocks of parks, health clinics, counseling agencies, schools, and a GED program. Youth at Safe Place stay in comfortable college-dorm style bedrooms and may also spend time in recreation rooms, as well as a common area with a TV, computers, books, and art supplies. There is a kitchen and dining room where youth can eat three meals a day prepared by staff. 

 

TLP

At Boys & Girls Aid, it is always our first hope to help youth create permanent, healthy connections with adults. Sometimes this means adoption or working to reunite youth with their biological families, and sometimes it means preparing youth for a lifetime of supportive relationships as they enter into adulthood.  When youth are ready to start living on their own, we support them in the Transitional Living Program (TLP). This program provides housing, education, and life skills development to youth ages 16-23 as they move towards living independently.

What kind of help does TLP provide?

  • Housing in a 4-plex facility operated by Boys & Girls Aid or in an individual apartment
  • Case management that provides the support, skills training, and resources youth need to live independently
  • Skill building groups to help youth learn about things like relationships, health and well-being, communication skills, personal identity, budgeting, cultural diversity and tenant readiness
  • Financial support for education, counseling, medical and dental care, and transportation (TriMet passes or gas cards are provided)
  • Support for building healthy, lifelong relationships with family and friends
  • Help getting a GED, diploma, or advanced degree
  • Career planning and help finding and maintaining employment
  • Access to counseling services

What are the eligibility requirements for the TLP?

The TLP considers applicants who:

  • Are attending high school or have finished high school or obtained a GED.
  • Agree to participate in 30 hours of productive time per week (work, school, job prep program, etc.).
  • Either attend high school full-time or have an income that is equivalent to 25-30 hours per week at minimum wage.
  • Agree to save 15 percent of their income every month.
  • Can meet for one hour each week with a case manager.
  • Can attend weekly skill building groups.
  • Can pass a drug test.

Are you a youth interested in the TLP?

Apply here

STEP

About the STEP Program

STEP stands for stabilization, transition, and evaluation program. STEP is a short-term shelter program that provides young people, ages 10 to 18, with assessment, evaluation, behavioral rehabilitation, and service planning and placement recommendations.  In the STEP Program, youth are placed in foster homes or shelter facilities with trained foster parents and staff who are dedicated to helping them take the next positive ‘STEP’ in their lives.

Who STEP Helps

STEP serves youth who are court involved or in the custody of the Department of Human Services and are in need of short term shelter and evaluation, counseling and support, and assistance making their next life transition. They are likely to have histories of runaway behavior, self harm, sexual re-activeness, law violations, drug and alcohol use, property destruction, as well as academic and behavioral problems in school.

How STEP Helps

In the STEP program, youth are placed in foster homes. In either of these situations, youth receive:

  • 24 hour sight and sound supervision
  • Professional staff available 24 hours a day for crisis counseling and support
  • Case management services
  • Coordination of family visits
  • Access to medical and dental services
  • Access to mental health and drug and alcohol treatment through Lifeworks Northwest
  • Individual and group skill building
  • Group counseling
  • Recreational activities
  • Gender specific programming

Seneca

About Seneca

Seneca is a shelter program serving females between the ages of 10 and 18 who are in need of stable shelter, assessment and placement recommendations. The house is a safe space where girls can grow, thrive and build social skills. There is a team of staff on site 24 hours a day, seven days a week to ensure the safety and well-being of all youth served by the program.


Who Seneca Helps

The youth served at Seneca are typically involved in the foster care system. They have been through many losses and transitions throughout their lives. They likely have significant histories of trauma, runaway behavior, self-harm, sexual re-activeness, law violations, drug and alcohol use, property destruction, as well as academic and behavioral issues in school.They are in need of structure and stability while we assess what will be the best possible placement for them following their time at Seneca.


How Seneca Helps

Seneca provides a safe place for girls to reflect on the past and move towards a positive future.

All youth receive:

  • 24 hour sight and sound supervision
  • Professional staff available 24 hours a day for crisis counseling and support
  • Strength based programming
  • Case management services
  • Coordination of family visits
  • Access to medical and dental services
  • Access to mental health and drug and alcohol treatment through Lifeworks Northwest or other providers
  • Individual and group skills training
  • Individual and group counseling
  • Recreation activities
  • Cultural activities
  • Gender specific programming

Safe places to stay

Through our shelter service programs, Boys & Girls Aid provides housing and other support to children in need.

There are a number of reasons why young people come to Boys & Girls Aid in need of a safe place to stay temporarily and help from our staff. Some have run away from home or been asked to leave home by their families. Some have parents who are experiencing homelessness or otherwise cannot provide a safe and stable place for their child to stay. Some are in need of a temporary break from their home and time to work on skills that will allow the young person to move back home successfully.

For these children, Boys & Girls Aid shelter service programs provide shelter, stabilization, and assessment. Our staff works individually with each young person in our care to evaluate their particular needs and to develop the best plan for a successful future.

ILS

About the Program

The Independent Living Services program (ILS) serves young women between the ages of 16 and 18. They are involved in the child welfare system and are having a tough time being successful in the community due to mental health concerns, behavior issues or trauma. Youth are given the opportunity to enhance their skill sets through individual skills training with their case manager and therapeutic groups. As youth progress through the ILS program phase system and fulfill responsibilities, they have the opportunity to have community time, access to a cell phone and increased independence.

Youth can stay in the ILS program for up to two years. The young women served live in skilled therapeutic foster homes with the goal of transitioning to permanency or living safely on their own in the community.

Program Features

  • One-on-one case management and individualized service plans.
  • Frequent contact and consistent monitoring by staff, based on individual supervision needs.
  • Individual and group counseling.
  • Service coordination addressing mental health and drug and alcohol needs.
  • Skill building in areas such as self-care, relationships, and daily living.
  • Educational coordination for girls seeking their GED or working towards their diploma.

With the support of the skills trainer, the case manager, and the foster family, girls can make positive choices about their lives in a caring and supportive environment.

The Role of Foster Parents

Foster parents are an integral part of the service planning team and help girls develop important skills including, but not limited to, following routines, completing homework, engaging in healthy relationships, and pro-social recreation. Foster parents also provide support in court proceedings and medication management. Foster parents are rigorously trained in parenting special needs children and love and logic approaches to youth. They are supported by a team of Boys & Girls Aid staff members, as well as the case managers who work directly with the youth served.

 

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Safe Places to Stay Temporarily

Through our shelter service programs, Boys & Girls Aid provides housing and other support to children in need.

There are a number of reasons why young people come to Boys & Girls Aid in need of a safe place to stay temporarily and help from our staff. Some have run away from home or been asked to leave home by their families. Some have parents who are experiencing homelessness or otherwise cannot provide a safe and stable place for their child to stay. Some are in need of a temporary break from their home and time to work on skills that will allow the young person to move back home successfully.

For these children, Boys & Girls Aid shelter service programs provide shelter, stabilization, and assessment. Our staff works individually with each young person in our care to evaluate their particular needs and to develop the best plan for a successful future.