services

Our Friends of Youth services accompany youth and young families as they achieve and surpass their goals—while facing circumstances of homelessness, foster care and behavioral health challenges.

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how we serve

Building trusting relationships with young people starts with our strength-based case management. What does that mean? We choose to honor, value and support the strengths, resources, and relationships that each young person or family brings.

 

What does that look like? For example, in a residential living context: each resident meets with a Case Manager to develop an Independent Living Plan (ILP). The ILP informs the Case Manager about what each family wants to focus on, such as employment, education, mental health, sobriety, parenting skills, obtaining childcare resources, or establishing healthier natural supports and community connections. The Case Manager helps each resident break down goals into actionable steps.

 

For example, if a young mother’s goal is to improve her mental health, actionable items will include researching local mental health organizations, calling to schedule an appointment, securing a method of transportation to the appointment, attending an appointment, and attending a follow-up appointment.

Harm Reduction

We meet each person where they are, without judgment. Harm reduction strategies are a vital part of our ability to foster an environment where young people feel safe and welcome. All employees are trained to use harm reduction principles to partner with young people as they explore the benefits of reducing and eliminating risky behaviors. 

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Equity

Our mission and day-to-day work in service to youth and young adults exist within a large complex system of social work. We are committed to challenging, changing, and dismantling all systems of structural and historical oppression that adversely affect youth, young adults, and families. Friends of Youth has been dedicated to a goal of becoming an antiracist, multicultural organization. We design and operate our program and service areas to be inclusive, non-stigmatizing, and sensitive to our youth's complex identities. Friends of Youth prioritizes hiring employees who represent the communities we serve and actively seek multilingual and multicultural employees who are fluent in the languages spoken by young people.

Trauma-Informed Care

All service areas offered by Friends of Youth are provided from a trauma informed philosophy of care. Friends of Youth trains employees and volunteers on the impacts of trauma and works to support positive engagement with young people by taking the impact of this trauma into account. We see young people become the change agents of their own stories as we collaboratively build individualized goal plans that see accomplishment.

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our services

behavioral health

Mental health and substance use counseling services provided by appointment only, Monday through Friday, 8:30am -5:00pm, virtually and/or via offices in Issaquah, North Bend and Duvall.

 

For more information:

clientservices@friendsofyouth.org
 

drop-in

Providing basic needs resources for young adults experiencing homelessness including shelter, food, showers, laundry, clothing and hygiene materials. Access to case management, behavioral health and employment services.

 

24 hours a day, 7 days a week

16101 NE 87th St Suite 110
Redmond, WA 98052

employment services

Our Youth Employment Program provides comprehensive employment services and job-readiness skills to youth and young adults, ages 16-25, who are experiencing homelessness in King County. 

foster care

Are you interested in exploring foster care? Inquire about the process of applying to be a part-time or full-time foster parent, volunteer, sponsor an outing for foster families, or more! 
 

For more information:

melissar@friendsofyouth.org
208.252.6479

group homes

Homes for refugee and immigrant young adult men, ages 16-20, including independent living skill development, education and job-seeking support, case management, coordination of medical services, mental health counseling,
and legal services.

healthy start

Home Visiting for pregnant families or families parenting children younger than age six. Providing parenting support and information, group activities, developmental health screenings and referrals to community resources.

For more information:
425.392.6367 ext. 5

residential treatment
services

Homes for young people that include treatment, mental health support, sexual behavior support, independent living skills, individual-group-family therapy, educational support, case management, family participation, and coordination of legal services. 

safe place

24-hour crisis hotline, youth ages 12-17, Within 45 minutes, a Safe Place coordinator meets with the youth, assesses the situation, and works with the youth to place them at a shelter or reunite with parents/guardians, community outreach.

All King County Library locations, metro buses, local businesses, and non-profit organizations are official Safe Place sites—2,100 sites in total. 

See a map of Safe Place locations here!

 

Text or call - 24 hours a day, 7 days a week:
1.800.422.8336

shelter

YOUNG ADULTS (18+)  |  The Landing

Providing basic needs resources for young adults experiencing homelessness including shelter, food, showers, laundry, clothing and hygiene materials.
 

24 hours a day, 7 days a week

16101 NE 87th St Suite 110
Redmond, WA 98052
425.449.3868

 

MINORS (under 18)  | Youth Haven

Emergency shelter and transitional living for youth ages 7-17 with case management, life skills and education supports, recreational outings and family mediation.

24 hours, 7 days a week
206.236.5437

supportive housing and rapid rehousing

Providing supportive case management services to young adults and families ages 18-25 residing in Imagine Housing’s Francis Village property in the Totem Lake neighborhood of Kirkland.

 

 Friends of Youth’s Rapid Rehousing program helps young people experiencing homelessness locate and successfully transition to
permanent housing.

transitional living

Transitional housing for young pregnant or parenting families ages 18-24 and their children.

youth engagement

Engaging youth under the age of 18, who are at risk of, or are experiencing homelessness. Offering case management, individual and family therapy and mediation, coordination of care, financial assistance, civil legal assistance, and community outreach.

For more information:
425.588.1021

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