The Anchor House Shelter provides safe shelter and crisis intervention services for runaway and homeless youth ages 10 to 17. Residential services include shelter, food, clothing, medical, mental and dental care. Residents and out clients receive individual, family and group counseling, life skills education, educational preparation, job readiness skills, substance abuse prevention and counseling, transportation, recreation, and service linkages. Aftercare counseling and support groups are available to residents, and at risk community youth and their families. A total of 111 youth resided in the shelter this fiscal year with an average stay of 12 days. Most youth, 57% were from Mercer County, and 49% of the youth were from the City of Trenton. The School Outreach Program provided individual and group counseling to 180 students in Trenton, Lawrence, and Hamilton schools.
The Anchorage Transitional Living Program provides shelter, food, clothing, medical attention, psychological evaluations, individual and group counseling, life skills training, employment and educations services to homeless youth ages 18-21 to ensure their successful transition to independence. This year 12 youth resided in the program, and all completed educational goals of completing their high school education, and/or pursing or attending college and vocational programs. The average stay was 150 days. The longer stays enabled counselors to help youth secure other resources such as Chaffee funds or scholarships for college and to transition into safe, permanent housing.
Anchor Line Supportive Housing Program provides subsidized apartments for homeless youth, 18 through 21 years of age. Youth receive live skills training, employment and education assistance, medical and mental health attention and therapeutic counseling. Youth are taught how to advocate for themselves, access supportive services, and obtain and retain90 employment. This year nine youth resided at Anchor Line and all attended college or vocational programs and retained employment.
Anchor Link Street Outreach Program works directly with at risk and homeless youth living on the streets providing crisis intervention, individual and group counseling, employment and educational assistance and referrals. This year 5,172 brief contacts were made on the street, or at the Drop In Center on South Broad Street. Survival aids including blankets, hats and gloves, food, hygiene and health items were distributed to youth. A total of 652 life skills sessions were conducted. An increasing number of youth took advantage of the bathing and laundry facilities, and the computers to write resumes, apply for jobs, job search, and search for housing.
Angel’s Wings provides emergency respite care for abused and neglected children from birth to age 12. This year, 15 children received shelter, food, clothing, medical attention, and individual therapeutic counseling. Transportation is provided so the children can stay in school. The Family Support Programs provided services not only the children who have resided at the home, but also their family members, as well as families in the community. A total of 363 children and their caregivers received services, including parenting workshops, trainings, and referrals to other resources.