Sometimes running away seems to be the only option left to a youth. Frequently it is not, but a youth may need time and professional guidance to explore other options.
Casey House, located at 710 Cedar Avenue in Niagara Falls, is a twelve-bed co-ed short-term emergency shelter for runaway, homeless, ‘at-risk’ and ‘throwaway’ youth ages 12 to 17. Crisis intervention services are available 24/7 in order to respond immediately to a youth in need. The youth can contact Casey House directly at 716-285-7125 or the youth may be referred by a parent, guardian, school staff, law enforcement personnel or other concerned individuals.
When a youth enters a shelter, his/her parents or legal guardians are notified that the youth is in the shelter in a safe location. The Casey House staff maintains on-going contact with the family or guardian while the youth is in the shelter.
A Casey House staff member can assess the crisis and offer services based on the needs of the youth. Short-term, crisis-oriented counseling is provided; and the staff will work with the youth and family to help resolve the current crisis and to help them learn new ways of communication to prevent family issues from reaching crisis status in the future. If additional issues are present, the family and/or youth are referred to long-term counseling. This is frequently the case because running away is often a symptom of underlying problems with the family system. Casey House works closely with other community service providers to ensure that the youth is linked with appropriate services in the community. Family reunification is the goal when possible, and in those cases when reunification is not an option the Casey House staff work to facilitate an alternate stable living environment for the youth.
A warm safe bed at Casey House is better than life on the streets.
Teen 24/7 Crisis Hotline 716-285-7125