Outreach is Northwest Youth Services' primary connection point for youth who are currently unhoused or disconnected from resources. 

Our goal is to connect youth with supportive relationships, provide basic needs (such as food, clothing, and safety gear for sleeping outside), and to work to connect youth with resources that can effectively end their experience of homelessness. 


We do this in a few ways: 


The Ground Floor

A day-use center for at-risk, runaway and homeless youth ages 24 and under. At the Ground Floor youth can connect with supportive adults, receive basic needs items such as food, clothing and gear for sleeping outside and connect with other resources that will help them end their experience of homelessness. 

The Ground Floor opened in early 2019 as the community's first dedicated space for unhoused youth. This project would not of been possible without the dedication of the membership of the First Congregational Church of Bellingham, who dedicated their space,
time and treasures to completing this secular space.

Support This Work

Are you interested in donating items directly to youth facing homelessness in Whatcom County? Consider making a purchase on our Amazon Wishlist - we update it frequently with the most needed items. 


​Outreach services at schools, libraries, and events throughout the county, designed to meet youth where they're at to build relationships and connections to resources. 

If you or someone you know needs assistance, please call us at 360-734-9862 ext. 137. 

TTY/TDD services number is 1-800-833-6388

Skagit Connect Team

The Connect Team is a joint project of the Skagit County YMCA and Northwest Youth Services, supporting youth and young adults in Skagit County.

If you are between the ages of 12-24, living in Skagit County, and experiencing homelessness or an unstable housing situation, reach out to the Connect Team. Outreach staff can provide support,
access to housing resources, and emergency supplies.


Skagit Connect Team

contact staff by phone or e-mail:  


Northwest Youth Services



Oasis Teen Shelter

Skagit Valley Family YMCA





108 Prospect Street
Bellingham, WA 98225

(360) 734-9862

2021 E College Way Suite 216

Mount Vernon, WA 98273

(360) 336-1988

Click Here for directions to The Ground Floor

TTY/TDD services number is


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