Blossoming flowers on campus in spring

Runaway Youth and Aging Out of Foster Care Sources

The Paterson YMCA Aging Out Youth Program

128 Ward St.
Paterson, NJ 07505

Focuses on teaching life skills in the following areas:


  • Job seeking
  • Interviewing skills
  • Filling out a job application
  • Job maintenance

Money Management:

  • Budgeting
  • Banking

Community Resources:

  • Networking
  • Assist in obtaining vital records


  • 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 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 visit the YMCA of Paterson Aging Out Youth Center website.


Project Youth Haven — Father English

212 Slater St.
Paterson, NJ

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


New Jersey Community Development Corporation

32 Spruce St.
Paterson, NJ 07501

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 visit the New Jersey Community Development Corporation website.

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 visit the William Waldman Independence House website.