The Emergency Youth Shelter offers temporary residential services to children and adolescents between the ages 7 to 17. Shelter residents receiving services have different presenting problems. Some of them are runaways and homeless youth or children experiencing severe family conflicts. Children and adolescents in custody of the State and those involved in the criminal justice system are also placed at the shelter for assessment or temporary care. The facility is licensed by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. SCAN’s Shelter embraces the youth development approach, which suggests that the best way to prevent young people’s involvement in risky behavior is to help them achieve their full potential. The program objectives vary according to the needs of the population. The principal objectives of the program are to provide a safe environment for children, ease family reunification, find alternative living environments and conduct comprehensive assessments.
Basic care, individual and family counseling, life skills education groups, recreational activities, assessment, case management and referral services
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families
Cindy Vasquez, Program Director at 956-725-7211