Drop-In Centers

Homeless persons can be reluctant to leave the streets and accept emergency shelter or transitional housing. That’s why Volunteers of America operates drop-in centers — places where homeless youth or adults can get off the streets and find a temporary safe haven. And often, when homeless persons begin to trust drop-in center staff, they agree to leave the streets and enter transitional or permanent housing.

Featured Program: Salt Lake City Homeless Youth Resource Center

Salt Lake City has a large population of runaway and homeless youth, many of who leave rural areas around the mountain west and wind up in the largest big city. These teenagers have often left home due to domestic violence or sexual/emotional abuse, which leaves them distrustful of authority. Others have aged out of foster care after turning 18, and found themselves with no place to go.