Runaway Youth and Aging Out of Foster Care Sources

The Paterson YMCA Aging Out Youth Program

128 Ward St.
Paterson, NJ 07505
973-278-8019

Focuses on teaching life skills in the following areas:

Employment:
  • Job Seeking
  • Interviewing Skills
  • Filling Out a Job Application
  • Job Maintenance
Money Management:
  • Budgeting
  • Banking
Community Resources:
  • Networking
  • Assist in obtaining vital records
Communication:
  • Assertiveness Skills
  • Verbal/non-verbal
  • Positive vs. negative
  • Conflict management
  • Anger management
Problem Solving & Decision Making:
  • Personal strength and need assessment
  • Appropriate choices and consequences
Housing:
  • Housing options
  • Understanding housing agreements
  • Safety
Additional Services:
  • Individual/group counseling
  • Advocacy
  • Socialization skills
  • Community Referrals
  • Goal Planning
  • Skills level assessment
  • Transportation
  • Home visits
  • Stipends
  • Employment Program

For more information go to http://www.patersonymca.org/aging_youth.html

Project Youth Haven — Father English

212 Slater St.
Paterson, NJ
973-881-0126

Residential and crisis counseling services for runaway, homeless, and abused youth, ages 11 to 17, and their families.

They provide:

  • Counseling
  • Temporary Shelter
  • Case Management
  • Outreach and advocacy
  • Assistance in locating positive placement and aftercare follow-up


For more information go to http://www.fatherenglish.org/youthhaven.htm

New Jersey Community Development Cooperation

32 Spruce St.
Paterson, NJ 07501
973-413-1655

Provides housing and support services for homeless youth. The overall goal of the Marion Street project is aimed at transitioning vulnerable and homeless youth to permanent housing and self-sufficiency.

The social services will provide residents with

  • case management
  • mental health services
  • drug and alcohol counseling
  • employment training
  • educational opportunities and independent living skills


For more information go to http://www.njcdc.org/housing/marion/

They also provide housing for youth aging out of the foster care system. William Waldman Independence House, is a safe, inviting, and inspiring place which provides housing and supportive services for young people in their final years in the foster care system.

For more information go to http://www.njcdc.org/housing/william-waldman/