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5939 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90028
Phone: (323) 469-2946
The Salvation Army Way In Youth Services in Hollywood has become home to many of the 8,000 homeless youth who sleep on the streets of Los Angeles each night. Started in 1994, The Way In was founded to help children escape Hollywood street life and provide a home-like environment in which abused and/or neglected teenagers could live safely as they matured into productive and independent young adults. The Way In helps by providing food, shelter and counseling in a multi-faceted program that includes residential housing, an independent living program.
Through a close-knit network of shelter programs and area agencies, The Way In helps to provide viable solutions to the problem of homeless youth living on the streets of Los Angeles. The program makes services available to kids in need who are without a voice and who are cut off from society. The Center provides many youth with their first contact for basic survival, medical, legal, and social services, in addition to acute crisis intervention and case management.
A thorough needs assessment is completed for each client in order to identify needed services including health care, substance abuse treatment, education, employment readiness and placement, life skills training and social and emotional support. Goals of the program include: addressing the immediate needs of homeless youth, providing them tools to facilitate their personal growth, and helping them to reunite with their families or move into other appropriate placements or living arrangements.
Although it can sometimes be difficult dealing with street youth in Hollywood, these teens' attitudes are a reflection of their resiliency and willingness to carry on in the face of major hardship. The staff at The Way In shows these teens that everyone deserves a hug and a helping hand. The following are services provided at the Way In: