Youth Street Outreach
Their Needs Come First
Team Member Experiences
Team schedules are designed to maintain consistency, earning trust. Our small, trained teams reach out to youth in various locations throughout Thurston County, multiple times a week. Team members commit to 4-12 hours per month, a minimal of once a week, depending on their schedules and availability. Teams distribute one gallon snack bags, medical and hygiene supplies, resource information and other survival essentials to youth. We provided face-to-face contact with those we serve. We go wherever the need is in Thurston County.
Trauma and Life on the Streets
Individuals living on the streets have experienced trauma, whether it occurred before their street chapter, or as a result of the streets. When a youth discloses trauma, our Team members listen, understand, ask what they need to help with compassion and sensitivity. We refer to appropriate resources which may be medical, mental health services, law enforcement or other organizations with more specialized trained individuals. We consistently follow up, staying connected to address isolation and wellness.
Our Ark Team Members are from all age groups and backgrounds; Students, small community groups, businesses, churches congregations, as well as Veterans and retirees, providing the best community centered services possible. As we expand services and outreach, we have a variety of opportunities for all groups to join our mission to break cycles of youth and young adult homelessness. Group projects in collaboration with our Outreach Teams are an excellent way to understand the occurrence of youth and young adults on the streets of our community. Not only can you make a difference, you can BE the difference from a youth experiencing homelessness.
“Sometimes it's easy to walk by because we know we can't change someone's whole life in a single afternoon. But what we fail to realize it that simple kindness can go a long way toward encouraging someone who is stuck in a desolate place.”
― Mike Yankoski