13 Nov Org Focus Friday: New Horizons
New Horizons partners with youth experiencing homelessness on their journey toward housing stability and independence. New Horizons provides comprehensive services annually for over 1,100 youth (ages 13-25) who are experiencing homelessness. The number of unstably housed persons in King County has steadily risen by roughly 20% each year for the past three years. Youth account for a significant portion of these numbers and present a unique opportunity to intervene before homelessness becomes chronic, allowing the young people that they serve to live full, hope-filled lives. Because youth may arrive distraught, disconnected, or disillusioned, New Horizons seeks to be a safe place where they will be accepted for who they are. They offer services and love to any and everyone who comes to them in need of assistance, because each person deserves to be loved, seen, known, and respected.
The essential services that New Horizons provides includes:
Day Programming and Evening Services – Our day and evening programming, the most utilized in King County, is a safe place for youth and young adults currently fighting against the disconnection and trauma of homelessness. Meeting the most basic needs of food, clothing, laundry, showers, and community is inextricably linked to all future steps toward stability. More than 20 partner agencies use our Day programs to provide medical/mental health services, addiction recovery support, housing connections, and educational connections.
Cedar Street Shelter – This 30-bed low-barrier shelter provides safety and stability every night. 24 beds can be reserved for young people desiring greater consistency, while the remaining are open on a nightly basis. Yearly utilization far exceeds 100%.
Nest Shelter – This 15-bed transitional shelter is designed for our most vulnerable youth, who are actively working with case management to address their unique barriers to housing and employment.
Case Management – Case Managers, Housing Navigators, and Diversion Specialists work with youth to remove barriers to independent living. Case Managers partner with youth to secure housing referrals and placements, establish identification, link youth to mental health counseling, addiction treatment, and medical services. Our Housing Navigation Team will secure housing for 200 youth in 2020.
Apprenticeship Program – We provide paid apprenticeship opportunities, which include job mentoring, weekly Leadership Institute classes (financial literacy, budgeting, resume and cover letter writing, and conflict resolution techniques), and employment placement services. New Horizons also operates a multi-location social enterprise, Street Bean, a coffee shop and roastery, which provides intensive job training for youth. We will place 125 youth in jobs in 2020.
How to Get Involved:
Volunteers and donors are the hands and feet of the work at New Horizons. Donors enable us to continually provide the highest level of services to young people as they transition out of homelessness, while volunteers help us serve and build relationships that make a lasting impact in the lives of youth experiencing homelessness. New Horizons is looking for compassionate people to help serve meals, mentor youth, clean our shelter space, and organize donation drives.