Health & Well-Being

Our Health and Well-Being Program is an essential part of our continuum of care that provides youth with access to a range of clinically, developmentally and culturally appropriate services that aim to support youth in moving toward and achieving stability, self-sufficiency and a permanent exit from homelessness.

The goals of the Health and Well-Being Program are to keep youth connected to systems of care, mitigate daily survival needs while youth await housing, increase youth housing and retention rates and advocate for more developmentally appropriate housing for youth and, ultimately, end youth homelessness. In addition to services provided onsite at My Friend's Place by our staff, our Health and Well-Being Program engages a multitude of community partners to provide on-site and off-site medical, health and wellness services.

A vital component of the Health and Well-Being Program is our Parenting Program. The program consists of a comprehensive 12-16 week course incorporating structured group education, parenting materials and individualized support to help young parents build their own thriving families. The ultimate goal of the program, which is court approved for parents who are in the process of reunifying with children who have been removed from their care, is to provide young parents with the education and resources to break the devastating multi-generational cycle of homelessness and involvement in the child welfare system. Each participant in the program receives diapers, formula, toys and clothing for their child, with each full cycle culminating in a graduation ceremony that contributes to a profound sense of accomplishment and reinforces these young adults’ commitment to successfully parenting their children.

Additional Health & Well-Being Services At My Friend's Place

  • Conflict Mediation

  • Stress Reduction and Coping Skills

  • Anger Management

  • Individual, Group and Family Counseling

  • STI and HIV Testing

  • Substance Abuse Education

  • Legal Services

  • Housing Referrals to the Coordinated Entry System (CES)