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CASA YOUTH SHELTER

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Homeless & Housing, Homeless Shelters

Mission: The purpose of Casa Youth Shelter is to provide temporary shelter for runaways and youth in crisis, enabling them to come through the crisis with increased personal strength and a sense of renewal while in a supportive environment with family reunification as a primary goal.

Results: *Founded in 1978 by Ms. Myldred E. Jones *Since our founding, we have provided shelter care to over 10,800 youth and impacted the lives of over 42,700 family members. We have served nearly 1 million meals and snacks and provided more than 87,520 bed-nights at the shelter. *We have 12 licensed beds and provide shelter to approximately 200 youth annually. *We maintain a successful exit disposition rate above 80%.

Target demographics: Youth ages 12-17

Programs: Shelter, food & counseling is provided for run-away youth on a temporary basis.

Community Stories

16 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with Casa for a little over a year. I am a member of their Youth Leadership Program. Everyone that I have met at Casa has been kind. "YLP" helps volunteers to become confident through sharing their opinions in front of their peers.
This service helps teens to have a safe place to stay- all the service is worth your time.
I would recommend Casa for anyone looking for a great place to do service.

Sandra Terra M.

Board Member

Rating: 5

After several years of attending some Casa Youth Shelter events, I was asked to join their board of directors. I wasn’t so sure about that kind of commitment. I wanted to meet the people and learn more. I toured the shelter, asked a lot of questions of everyone and observed. The whole thing was real. The people, the love, the commitment, the lack of politics and self gratification is unlike anything I have ever seen beyond family. I wanted to be part of this. I decided to accept their invitation and join the board for one year. That was 12 years ago. My years with Casa have been a gift for me. I love this shelter and the work we do. The work is so exceptional. It’s not just a shelter. There is individual counseling, group counseling and family counseling offered. A range of supportive services such as Art Therapy, Pet Therapy and L.I.F.E. Skills to name a few. This little shelter can change lives.
Sandra Terra McElroy

1 Emil J.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been an active Board Member of Casa Youth Shelter for sixteen years. I always marvel at the participation level of everyone involved with the shelter, from Board Members and employees to every volunteer putting hours into supporting the mission of our shelter. There is great satisfaction in watching an entire community rally together to help homeless, abused, and abandoned children return to a safe environment. As the ancient proverb says, "It takes a village to raise a child" We dream of a day when all children are raised in a safe and loving environment but, until that day comes, Casa Youth Shelter will be there to welcome every child with open arms.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I am a proud 20 year Board member of Casa Youth Center. The Board, like our late founder Myldred Jones, are firm believers all children need a safe place to live. Unfortunately it is not always at home. Myldred wanted that safety and security for our troubled youth. This is the reason Casa was started and still exists today after 40 years.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

In 1987 I joined the agency as Executive Director and for 25 years saw the great results that occurred for thousands of teens and family members . Casa Youth Shelter is blessed with staff that give from the heart and board members that always find a way to support the critical needs of teens in crisis. As Director Emeritus now, I watch from the wings and am so proud of the many accomplishments of all our supporters who are dedicated to helping change lives.

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a Board Member, fund raiser and volunteer, I am so proud to be a part of an organization that supports young adolescents in need. The 12-17 year old age group has little in the way of support services when a personal/family crisis hits. At Casa Youth Shelter, each year more the 200 adolescents find the physical, mental, emotional support and guidance they need to reunite them with a caring family member. In the four years I have been on the Board I am continually impressed with the commitment and professionalism of the Shelter's staff, the rapport they build with adolescents in crisis situations, and the work that is done to reach out to the broader community and educate on the challenges and resources available to families and adolescents in crisis.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Casa Youth Shelter- Los Alamitos, CA
Nicole Madison- Board Member

For the past 3 years, I have had the privilege to be a Board Member of this amazing non-profit, helping to provide temporary shelter to youth in crisis.
I have loved being a part of such an amazing organization that really makes such a difference in children's lives. Casa is such an incredible place that provides assistance, shelter, counseling, and so much more to its residents as well as their families.
I am honored to be a part of Casa Youth Shelter and know what an impact it makes in the lives of so many.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Casa Youth Shelter is a phenomenal organization that is committed to serving, treating and helping challenged youth's in crisis. Casa Youth is a highly regarded non-profit organization with significant community and business support. Casa Youth truly upholds its mission of care, dignity and respect to help troubled youth.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Casa Youth Shelter provides a safe and welcoming place for our Southern California homeless youth with a goal of family reunification if possible or transition to a caring long term solution. We are proud to to have Casa as a part of our community!!
Mayor, City of Los Alamitos

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a board member at Casa Youth Shelter since 2010 and started volunteering there a few years earlier. Our founder, Myldred Jones, named it "Casa" for a reason. It truly is a "home" for the workers, volunteers and residents and spending any time at all there, you quickly realize that it feels like a family. The staff and volunteers give one-on-one attention to the neglected, homeless and runaway teens and not only attend to basic needs, but also offer counseling to the teens and families in times of crisis and beyond. It's so impactful to be able to help these teens and families reunite and have hope for the future. I am so proud to be a part of this amazing orgainization!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at Casa Youth Shelter for thirty years and a board member for the last twenty years. During that time Casa Youth Shelter has provided shelter, food, clothing, counseling and family reunification services to over 24,000 teens and family members in crisis. As a board member, I’m responsible for governance, fund raising and supporting the needs of our amazing staff of youth supervisors, counselors and management team. Our primary goal is family reunification. That goal has been achieved every year since our doors opened in 1978. It’s a privilege and an honor to be a part of this wonderful organization.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I've been a Board Member for 8 years along with being a volunteer with my Therapy dog. This place is amazing. They do so much great work for teens in crisis and the community at large. Its a small organization, but its run like a Fortune 500 company. The Ex Director and her staff have a passion for what they do and do whatever it takes for the kids and the shelter. I work in the corporate world and Casa runs so much more efficiently. The teens there tell me " its like a family" and sometimes they just don't want to leave. Their mission is to reunite the teens with a family member and do so over 90% of the time which is amazing! Attached is my "Therapy" dog giving a teen some much needed TLC!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a board member of Casa Youth Shelter for only about one year but I was the Clinical Director of this fine agency for 25 years, retiring about 3 years ago. I find myself so impressed with the work of the shelter staff from the Youth Supervisors working the floor to our Executive Director at the helm and everyone in between. This is not an agency that sits on it's laurels. As community needs change so does Casa Youth Shelter. One example would include Casa Youth Shelter being a leader in the greater Orange County area in understanding and provision of treatment and relief to the problem of Human Trafficking. Another would include providing workshops, in-services and conference speakers to the problem of teen bullying. A third would include providing a youth leadership conference annually to hundreds of local teens. All of this while also providing the finest youth shelter care in the region coupled with their tremendous family counseling program that allows for safe reunification of youth with their families. To say that I am proud to be associated with this great agency is an understatement.

lina

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

A wonderful local shelter supporting youth in our community. My daughter is a part of Leadership Program and she loves supporting Casa and be a part of their team. Amazing Executive Director and staff who work hard every day to make a difference for the teens in need.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Casa Youth Shelter is one of the finest crisis intervention agencies in the nation. CYS provides a wide myriad of services including prevention, intervention and treatment services as well as opportunities for volunteers of all ages to get involved and make a difference.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Casa Youth Shelter is a fine reputable organization in Los Alamitos providing a myriad of services for teens at risk. The staff is exceptional and the success rate for reunification of teens and parents is over 80%. SInce 1978 10,000+ kids have found a safe haven there and the shelter stands on its exceptional reputation. Great organization to be associated with!