Each year, YFA's youth crisis shelters serves over 1,000 youth and their families, promoting positive family interactions, resource referrals, and temporary residential care. Our goal is to help families ensure a healthy and safe environment in which to flourish: a nurturing, supportive environment free of drugs and alcohol abuse, physical, emotional, and/or sexual abuse. We serve youth between the ages of 10 and 17, who may have runaway, are homeless, have been kicked out/locked out by their parent(s) or guardian(s), may need short-term respite or crisis placement due to family conflict, require emergency shelter placement due to abuse and/or neglect, or due to foster home disruption.
Shelter Services are provided as part of the Florida Network of Youth & Family Services, Inc., and include, 24 hour availability, youth supervision, food and clothing, life skills education, crisis counseling, individual and family counseling, recreation and leisure activities, and case management services. Educational services are provided by the local school district, in the county in which the shelter is located. There is no cost to families for program services.
G.W. Harris, Jr. Runaway and Youth
(Serves Polk, Hardee and Highlands
1060 U.S. Highway 17 South
Bartow, FL 33830
Toll Free: 800-786-8614
New Beginnings Youth Shelter
(Serves Hernando, Sumter and Citrus
18377 Sheriff Mylander Way
Brooksville, FL 34601
Toll Free: 877-506-2721
7522 Plathe Road
New Port Richey, FL 34653
Toll Free: 833-245-8833