The first step off the street is often the most difficult one for our youth. Our engagement programs offer homeless and at-risk kids a place to get their bearings, learn what Larkin Street has to offer, and start to make an action plan to move off the street. For many homeless and runaway youth, initial contact with Larkin Street is through our Outreach teams, who work the front lines to locate and assist youth on the streets. These trained staff and volunteers encourage them to take that critical first step off the street and into Larkin Street’s programs.
At our Engagement & Community Center, on Golden Gate Avenue, youth find nutritious meals, hot showers, clean clothing, trained counselors, and a safe haven from the street. Our Haight Street Referral Center is strategically located in the Haight Ashbury, a frequent destination for many homeless youth, and offers a safe, welcoming environment in a street-level storefront space where kids can find out more about Larkin Street.