Community Works provides services to youth and their families or adults who are in need of mental health, outreach resources and support. Our programs provide support to runaway and homeless youth, psychosocial assessments, service planning with the individual and family; individual and family counseling, professional consultation, using the empowerment model.
Runaway and Homeless Youth Services is comprised of several programs that help young people when they need support from outside their families to live safe, healthy lives and become independent and productive adults. Youth may receive subsidized housing, and attend Life Skills courses where they work with their peers to learn effective tools for successful living.
Assists youth ages 16 – 22 and without viable family resources to work towards living independently in the community. Youth receive mental health services, health services, substance abuse treatment, educational services, and/or vocational rehabilitation. Youth work with case managers who support and advocate for them during their participation in the program, which can be up to twenty one months. Youth are referred to the Transitional Living Program from community agencies, schools or other RHY (Runaway & Homeless Youth) programs or through self referral.
Rental assistance is needed for our progressive Transitional Living Program. Peoples Bank has set up a Community Works account for donations to help our accomplished Transitional Living Program residents maintain their current living situations. Please donate today.
The Mentoring Program works with youth and young adults ages 16 – 22 who are currently homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Case management services are provided and include: vocational skills, educational supports, resource development, mental health services and possible housing assistance.
The Truancy Reduction Case Manager works with students, their families and the school to identify and remove barriers to ensure the clients attend school. This is achieved through weekly meetings with the clients and/or their families with support from the teachers and administration. These services are offered at Hedrick Middle School in Medford. All referrals come through the school.
Community Works staff and volunteers use the Positive Youth Development Model as a framework when providing services to homeless and runaway youth.
The philosophy of the Positive Youth Development Model is to empower youth to successfully move beyond their current situations by supporting them in developing a sense of competency and industry, a feeling of connectedness to others and to society and a belief in the control over their life and a stable identity.
Staff build on the assets that each youth has in order to assist them in overcoming problems and obstacles that are preventing them from leaving the streets.
Volunteers are needed and utilized in many capacities in these programs. Please go to the Volunteer page for more information.