The Salvation Army’s Young Adult Resource Center (YARC) has recently begun a new and important collaboration with Tony’s Place, to serve young people who are experiencing homelessness.
Two Non-Profits Under One Roof
The two programs will move from their current locations to share space at their new campus at 1621 McGowen Street in July. (This location is right next door to our Family Residence women and children’s shelter.) Each program will maintain its separate identity, while providing services that complement those of the other.
“The Salvation Army’s mission is to serve those most in need without discrimination, and to meet the need of its local community,” said Major Kent Davis, Area Commander for The Salvation Army of Greater Houston. “Through this collaboration with Tony’s Place, we will be able to provide more services to the young adults who reach out to us for help.”
“This is an extraordinary opportunity for us to advance our mission of serving LGBT youth,” says Al Amado, Tony’s Place Board Chair. “The Salvation Army’s YARC program has been at the forefront of caring for the needs of youth experiencing homelessness for many years and has been a community thought leader in this area.”
New Location for YARC
Following its move from its current location on Caroline Street, YARC will reopen at the McGowen campus on Monday, July 10th. YARC will be open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
After moving from its original location on Montrose Boulevard at the end of June, Tony’s Place will reopen on July 14th at McGowen. It will be open Friday and Saturday from 12 noon to 5 p.m.
Two Groups, Similar Missions
The two groups share similar missions. YARC connects young adults ages 18 to 25 who are experiencing homelessness to housing, education and job training. Other services include emergency meals, job coaching and tutoring.
Tony’s Place started as a drop-in center for LGBT youth up to 24 years old who do not have stable housing. Its services to members have included hot meals, showers, laundry, clothing and use of computers. Tony’s Place is named for the late community leader Tony Carroll.
Collaborating For Good
“We stepped in as new players in the area, focusing on LGBT youth, and YARC has consistently been a wonderful strategic partner. With our tighter collaboration at the same location, we expect to be able to provide targeted, case management for our members instead of just providing basic services under a drop-in center model ,” notes Tony’s Place Board Chair Amado.
“Being on the same campus leverages the resources of both organizations, and that helps our clients more, while maximizing our resources. This now gives us the ability to tailor our programs and focus exclusively on the special needs of LGBT youth.”
“We are looking forward to not only being able to help even more young adults experiencing homelessness, but also be able to provide them with even more resources than before, thanks to this collaboration with Tony’s Place,” shared Rafael Sarango, YARC Program Manager.