“Approximately 4.2 million young people ages 13 to 25 experience some sort of homelessness in the United States each year, with considerably more experiencing crises that put them at risk of facing similar housing insecurity. We need to do more to prevent homelessness and support young people in crisis.”

The Runaway and Homeless Youth Program is a program of Catholic Charities of Herkimer County. The RHY Program has been supporting and advocating for youth for over 40 years. RHY provides necessary help to runaway, homeless, and at-risk youth up to the age of 21, providing a 24-hour crisis hotline, emergency housing, crisis and ongoing counseling for youth and families, transportation, independent living skills, referrals, academic tutoring, mentoring, and advocacy. Our foremost priority is to provide a safe haven for vulnerable youth while providing services that are holistic in nature for both youth and families. Ultimately, the RHY program provides a precious commodity to youth – Hope.

We are currently seeking caring and compassionate individuals and families to volunteer as Host Homes. Our youth need a safe haven to go to feel safe and supported. The goal of the Host Home Program is to temporarily provide a youth with a safe and supportive environment during the de-escalation period of a strained family situation. While in a Host Home, youth will work closely with their case manager to repair the relationship with their guardians as well as working towards other personal goals. Support and training are provided to all Host Home families. If you would like to become a Host Home and make a difference in the life of a youth, please contact the Runaway and Homeless Youth Program.

“Kindness can transform someone’s dark moment with a blaze of light. You’ll never know how much your caring matters.”

Youth in crisis can also call the 24-hour hotline at 315-866-1112 to seek help and guidance.

There are many other opportunities to support the RHY Program through the following: donations of personal care items, clothing, gift cards, games and puzzles, or non-perishable food items.

Currently, we are holding a donation drive of Hygiene products at the Little Falls Elks Lodge, 2 W. Gansevoort Street, Little Falls. You can drop off items during business hours.

If you would like to learn more about the program or would like to get involved, contact:

Trisha Alford, Runaway and Homeless Youth Program Director
315- 894-9917 ext. 227