Street Outreach Program (SOP) is funded by the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Human Services. The program provides both street-based and drop in services to youth ages 16-20 to assist this population in making a transition from life on the streets to a life of independence and self sufficiency.
The purpose is to conduct outreach services designed to build relationships with street youth and gain their trust, based on a harm reduction model. Staff can provide youth with hygiene/ first aid /safer sex kits, information and resources. Through street-base services, providing educational, supportive services and basic needs, youth will come to trust the staff and utilize FYI services. These include access to emergency shelter, drop-in center services, counseling and food.
Youth Outreach Center: The Refuge
The Refuge provides a safe setting in which youth can congregate and utilize a spectrum of services. Youth can do homework, enjoy recreational activities, get something to eat, get help with job seeking skills or get clothing if in need. Free counseling with a Masters level therapist is also available. The Refuge is open 3 days a week; Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 4-9pm and select Saturdays.
Outpatient counseling is available for ages 10-21.
Youth for Youth Involvement (YFYI)
YFYI is a youth advisory board made up of previous clients from the Emergency Shelter, youth that visit The Refuge and other community youth invested in making a positive change. YFYI members provide valuable input and ideas for improved FYI programming from a youth prospective. They can also act as peer mentors for current clients.
The SOP staff is made up of the FYI Program Director, Street Outreach Coordinator, part-time Outreach Specialists and community volunteers. Staff split their time between working in the community and working at The Refuge.
Community Outreach and Education
SOP staff can make presentations to any organization, business or group.
The Street Outreach Program/The Refuge is located at 33 Church St., Mount Clemens, MI 48043.
If would like to get The Refuge hours, make a donation, set up a presentation, make an appointment or ask questions, please call 586-463-7338