The Open Hearts Youth Center works to meet the immediate needs of at-risk youth and their families. The Center seeks to reunite young people with their families, whenever possible, or to locate appropriate alternative placements.
We are one of nine federally-funded facilities in the State of Georgia. We go into the streets on a weekly basis to find young people who need our help. Overall, we help provide safety, caring adults ad help stablize their lives.
Emergency Housing Services
We serve male and female youth.
For Youth: 10 - 17 years old - (housing up to 21 days)
Last residence anywhere in the State of Georgia or the USA.
For Youth: 18-19 years old - (housing up to 14 days)
Last address must have been in DeKalb,
Rockdale or Newtown County.
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Open Hearts is open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The shelter is a family-style residence with divided sleeping facilities for male and female guests. In community areas, youth share meals, television and computer privileges, and recreation and laundry facilities.
A trained staff of counselors, advocates and youth workers spends individual, focused time with residents to help them work through the problems they face. Youth receive food, shelter, health screenings, education assistance, employment assistance as well as group, family and individual counseling, case management and after care services.
Youth do not have to reside at the shelter to receive services.
We do not accept children for residency who fall into these categories:
• Severely disturbed/psychotic, having a history which renders them violent and assaultive
• Actively suicidal
• History of arson or pyromania
• Under the influence of illegal drugs or alcohol
• Known developmental problems which would impair reasonable functioning within the structure of a "home" environment
• Outstanding custody orders
• Active placements from mental institutions, correctional institutions, or halfway houses
We are located in a residential neighborhood in Lithonia/Stone Mountain border and we can provide transportation to youth anywhere in the Atlanta metro area.
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