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Open Doors: Services for Runaway and Homeless Youth

What is Open Doors?

Family and Children’s Service of Ithaca announces Open Doors, a Runaway and Homeless Youth program for Tompkins County.  We provide services to youth up to age 21, and their families, who have run away or are at-risk of running away and are interested in reunifying with family.  We want to partner with the community, accepting referrals of young people and families dealing with these issues, and hope you will partner with us to provide support to families struggling to stay together. We are currently seeking volunteers to become Host Homes, please click here to learn more! 

There are two components to our service.
Outreach/ Consultation:
  • Warmline access during business hours for Providers, School personnel, Families and Youth for consultation and information gathering regarding Runaway and Homeless Youth issues
  • In person and telephone consultation with youth regarding obtaining basic need resources – food, shelter, hygiene items, etc.
  • Targeted outreach by invitation to youth and families at risk or experiencing runaway and homelessness issues
Case Management/ Temporary Housing:
  • Short term case management and crisis management focused on youth goal achievement
  • Mediation and family counseling
  • Referrals to ongoing services
  • Involvement in youth development activities and groups
  • Temporary shelter placement in volunteer host homes.  
For more information about Open Doors, call 607-273-7494 and ask for the Warmline.

For youth in crisis, call or text 607-288-2348

For more information about Host Homes, click here or call 607-273-7494.


Open Doors program seeks donations of temporary phones for teen use

Open Doors, our homeless and runaway youth program, is in need of TRAC PHONE donations that can accept loaded minutes.
These phones allow the staff to stay in touch with clients who break, lose, or lack a phone. They are crucial tools to achieve the program’s mission of reuniting youth with family whenever possible.
Old unused trac phones, other similar brands, new disposable phones, and minutes cards can all be used for this purpose.
Please contact Youth & Outreach Services at 607-273-7494 to make a donation or for additional information.  

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