A safe place to call home, instead of struggling alone.
Parks, railroad stations, vacant lots. These are places teens who run away from home tend to congregate. Many become homeless, living in tent cities, after fleeing violent situations at home. In survival mode, some fall victim to exploitation and trafficking, exchanging sex for money, food, drugs or shelter. Others turn to gangs for a sense of belonging and safety.
Our residences focus on quality care, seamless transitions and well-managed aftercare services. Our goal is to understand the needs and reunite families, if possible, and secure long-term safe housing.
Lakeview House is a Community Residence program that provides a therapeutic environment for adolescents with serious emotional disturbances (SED) who are in need of a structured community setting to result in outcomes of successful functioning and integration into the family, community or independent living.
Nassau Haven is a 12-bed co-ed emergency shelter for young people ages 10 to 20. In a first step toward hope, the individual on the run talks to a friendly 20-something peer, from FCA’s Street Outreach team. They learn about Nassau Haven, FCA’s Emergency Youth Shelter. When they enter the doors, they see this is no regular shelter.
FCA's Walkabout for Young Men and Women residence for young adults is a transitional independent living program (TILP) in Freeport, preparing homeless adolescents and young adults ages 16-20 for independent living. Walkabout focuses both on the practical side from job interviews and resumes to creating a budget and planning for independent living in the future. Most graduates from Walkabout will return for many visits – after all, Walkabout may be the family they never had, and it’s always good to have a place to call home.
West Nassau Residence is a home in Elmont for adults ages 18 – 59 who have a persistent mental illness. Our 24-hour supervised community residence serves men and women by assisting them in learning the skills necessary to move on to a more independent living environment.