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.
Our Street Outreach Program provides street-based outreach in Bellingham and greater Whatcom County, Monday through Friday. We work to locate and form relationships with street dependent, at-risk, runaway, and youth experiencing homelessness (13-24 years old) with the goal of providing information and connecting these youth with services to support their unique needs. Staff carry food and hygiene items to give out, as well as having clothes and camping supplies on hand. Staff apply a youth-centered, trauma-informed approach to all our interactions with youth and are trained in harm reduction and positive youth development.
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.