Host or Sponsor a Youth

Transform a Life

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Street life is difficult and does not need to be hopeless. You can help by hosting a youth in your home or sponsor a youth in a local hotel room for one night or multiple nights. One night can provide a much-needed reprieve from street life. Youth can focus more attention on creating a sustainable path to success out of homelessness.

The average yearly cost of independent transitional housing in

Thurston County is more than $30,000 a year, per person.

Hosting or sponsoring a youth lowers that cost to less than $11,000 a year, including case management and expenses. 

All Hosts and families are screened, to include a

Washington State Patrol Background Check. 

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Host a Youth

A Host Home is not foster care.

Host are community members who have extra space in their homes and hearts.

Hosts and families are volunteers who open their homes, welcoming Youth (18-25 years old) into their home for a better tomorrow, providing stability and security to move forward.

Youth placed in homes are in crisis due to conditions on the street.

Hosting a youth can be short term or long term.

Host homes are spaces where healing can begin in safety and goals can be decided. 

Hosting a youth is a commitment or at least 3 months to provide consistency in the life of the youth.

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Sponsor a Youth

Sponsoring a Youth in a hotel room. Until youth transitional housing becomes reality, even one night in a hotel room can make a difference in keeping a youth off the streets. A family, church, business or other organization can contribute to improve our community by showing compassion to youth living on the streets. Our community cares, showing compassion by valuing a youth security can mean the difference between hopelessness and hopefulness. Make a difference with us. Sponsor a Youth today

Our Ark coordinates with host families, preparing them to welcome a young person into their homes, supporting both during the housing experience. Our Ark continues working with the youth guest, ensuring they feel safe, comfortable and have what they need to thrive!