Components of Residential Program

 
In response to the growing concern and staggering numbers of Homeless and Runaway Youth in Berks County – Mary’s Shelter joined forces with the Berks County Intermediate Unit, Education for Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness (ECYEH) and the Berks Coalition to End Homelessness Youth Committee to find and initiate solutions. Mary’s Shelter received several grants to open the YESS (Youth Empowerment Support Services) Residential Program and Drop-in-Center to address the immediate needs of young people living on the streets.

This is only the beginning! The community is committed to working together, building resources and strengthening partnerships which will change young lives. We are providing compassion, direction and hope at a critical time in their lives.
 
  • We accept youths from ages 14-17 of any gender
  • Short-term, emergency shelter
  • Referral from outside services, call ahead, or admission at the door
  • Provides place to stay with home-like atmosphere
  • We have a laundry room, gym equipment, recreational activities, a full kitchen, a computer lab for school/job/recreational activities
  • Classes which are intended to build social, vocational, or life skills offered weekly
  • One-to-one counseling
  • Tutoring available through BCIU on Thursdays @ 4:30pm
  • Referrals to outside services
  • Assistance with applications for benefits, housing, services, or another program


 
Mary’s Shelter supports families in the community and works to prevent homelessness 
through housing, education and social service programs.
 

 
In response to the growing concern and staggering numbers of Homeless and Runaway Youth in Berks County – Mary’s Shelter joined forces with the Berks County Intermediate Unit, Education for Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness (ECYEH) and the Berks Coalition to End Homelessness Youth Committee to find and initiate solutions. Mary’s Shelter received several grants to open the YESS (Youth Empowerment Support Services) Residential Program and Drop-in-Center to address the immediate needs of young people living on the streets.

This is only the beginning! The community is committed to working together, building resources and strengthening partnerships which will change young lives. We are providing compassion, direction and hope at a critical time in their lives.
 
  • We accept youths from ages 14-17 of any gender
  • Short-term, emergency shelter
  • Referral from outside services, call ahead, or admission at the door
  • Provides place to stay with home-like atmosphere
  • We have a laundry room, gym equipment, recreational activities, a full kitchen, a computer lab for school/job/recreational activities
  • Classes which are intended to build social, vocational, or life skills offered weekly
  • One-to-one counseling
  • Tutoring available through BCIU on Thursdays @ 4:30pm
  • Referrals to outside services
  • Assistance with applications for benefits, housing, services, or another program