Valley Youth House’s Bridge2Home: A Host Home Model Program connecting youth (ages 16-20) who are experiencing housing instability with caring volunteer homes. The Bridge2Home program is currently seeking homes/families for this exciting, new program in Armstrong, Fayette, Greene Indiana, Washington, and Westmoreland Counties.
The program is seeking homes/families with the basics of housing stability, reasonable patience, understanding, a suitable room for the youth, and who want to get involved, give back to strengthen the success of our local youth who may be facing some challenges.
Host Homes/Host Families are recruited, screened, trained, and supported by Valley Youth House staff. Youth are introduced prior to any host placement and must voluntarily agree to reside with a particular host. Program staff assist the youth and host in completing a host and participant contract prior to move in. Homes will receive a stipend, support, and services from Valley Youth House staff. Once placed, each youth will be assisted by the Housing Stability Coach (HSC).
This program is to connect vulnerable unstably housed or homeless youth with a stable, nurturing, supportive home to guide them down the right path and encourage safe, positive choices.
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Valley Youth House empowers and strengthens the lives of children, youth, and families through inclusive programming that builds resilience and fosters growth and independence.
We began in 1973 as a single shelter in Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley. Valley Youth House was open day and night, ensuring that vulnerable, abused and homeless young people in the community had access to shelter and counseling. Even then, we represented more than just a roof and beds; we were an organization committed to building a solid foundation for every individual who came through our doors.
That same dedication still drives us today, as we have grown from that first house in the Valley to over 100 residential sites throughout Pennsylvania. Though our reach and programming has vastly expanded, our mission remains the same. We educate, empower and strengthen the lives of children, youth and families, and build skills that foster growth and independence.
For over forty years, we have been proud to be there for two generations. We stand ready to be there for the next generation as well. Our doors remain open - we just have more of them now.