The Emergency Runaway Shelter provides short-term shelter for homeless and runaway youth ages 11-17. Through intensive individual, group and family counseling the shelter’s program strives to reunite families whenever possible, prevent future problems and stabilize the lives of young people to keep them safe.
A typical day in the shelter includes family-style meals that the youth help prepare each day, assigned chores, school, family and individual counseling sessions, and workshops. For many of the youth in our shelter, it is the first time that they feel safe, that they matter and that they have within them what it takes to succeed in life.
The program’s goals are to prevent family separations, to ensure youth safety and well-being when they are away from home, to reunite youth with their families or arrange safe alternative living situations for those who cannot return home, and to promote long term stability through positive youth and family development.
These goals are achieved through a comprehensive program of community education, outreach, crisis intervention, emergency shelter care, counseling, skills training, and community engagement. These activities improve family stability by reducing or compensating for risk factors such as substance abuse or domestic violence and by increasing youth and family resiliency factors such as community connections and strong communication and coping skills.
For more information, please contact us at (915) 562-4765, or visit us at 3700 N. Stevens St., El Paso, TX 79930 Building E.
Dedicated (915)566-8989 Hot Line available 24 hrs a day and 365 days a year to speak to a Family Support Specialist.
This program receives annual financial support from the United Way of El Paso County, the City of El Paso, The Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services, and the US Department of Health and Human Services.