About Us
Mission Statement

To provide a safe, supportive environment where Salem's at-risk and homeless youth may have their immediate needs met as well as have positive opportunities to reconnect with their community.


2010-2011 Statistics:
   895 youth made over 10,000 visits to HOME
   538 of those youth were new; 357 continued to come from the previous year
   619 youth ate nearly 6200 meals
   124 food boxes were given out to teens and/or their families
   94 volunteers contributed 2065 hours
   260+ teens picked up 3420 clothing and toiletry items
   10 youth were employed as our cook or janitor


Eligibility: Youth ages 11 through 17 years, 18 if still in school.

Day-Shelter: Mon.-Fri. 12:00-7pm; lunch, snacks, dinner; showers; clothing; toiletries; laundry; phone; caring adults.

Assistance: Job hunting; help with family & friends; tutoring; bus transportation; Life Skills

Referrals: Health; overnight shelters; mental health; abuse.

Games; crafts; computers; sports and leisure.

HOME provides entry-level job experience in janitorial service and meal preparation.
City of Salem Youth Achievement Award
Community Service: 
The CREW is a group of youth
who meet weekly to plan
activities such as sweeping, cleaning or painting for agencies and businesses in the downtown and nearby neighborhoods.
They recently received an achievement award from
the City of Salem.

Runaway & Homeless Youth Project
(This project is partially funded by the state)

  Outreach Workers seek out and engage youth at HOME, downtown or elsewhere, building relationships for the purpose of encouraging teens to access services and find a safer living environment, providing crisis intervention, support, and further access to supportive services.  Outreach is also provided to businesses, schools and community partners.

Community Youth Advocate works with families in crisis to provide support and connections to services, intervening to preserve the family, improve family   functioning and prevent conditions that lead to runaway responses.  The      Advocate also assists youth in reunification with family when feasible, connecting to educational services, accessing shelter or other housing options, obtaining health care and/or identification, and connecting to community resources in order to make a successful transition out of homelessness.

Community Support
HOME is a program of Community Action Agency and is a recipient of United Way dollars. Our funding comes from a variety of sources including government, grants and foundations, events, and individual donors. HOME receives thousands of dollars/year of in-kind and volunteer support.

Have questions? Need help?
Contact: Tricia Ratliff, Program Director 

(503) 391-6428

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