Safe Connections: One Step Closer to Ending Youth Homelessness

Family Resources and a group of community stakeholders — including local kids and teens — came together to address the needs of homeless youth in Pinellas County. We created a forum where everyone in attendance could talk, listen and find meaningful resolutions to end youth homelessness — especially for the most vulnerable population of LGBTQ+ youth.

Together, we developed a plan to take valuable steps in supporting youth in our community who find themselves homeless.

As part of our Strategic Plan for Addressing Youth Homelessness in Pinellas County, we plan to develop and build Safe Connections, a central point of access for homeless youth to get support and care in our area.

Introducing the Safe Connections Homeless Youth Resource Center

The Safe Connections Resource Center will give homeless youth needed services that are imperative to their safety and survival. Along with offering food, shelter, and other needs, Family Resources will be able to provide a comprehensive needs assessment, counseling, and referrals. This location will help kids, tweens, and teens head toward a path of hope and stability, where before there was none.

Family Resources is currently raising funds to renovate an existing building in St. Petersburg as the future site for Safe Connections.

Look at our floorplan below and mock-ups for what Safe Connections will look like once it is fully developed.

Help Make Safe Connections a Reality

As we work to develop this shelter and resource center for homeless youth, we need your help. Without the support of our donors and volunteers, this project will never get off of the ground.

If you would like to partner with us to make Safe Connections possible, consider participating in our Give A Kid A Home campaign. For as low as $10 per month, you can support the youth in your community who find themselves homeless. With your donation, you are helping Family Resources grow, while having a direct impact on the lives of kids and teens in the local community.

We will also need volunteers to help us with our fundraising goals. Learn more about volunteer opportunities that you can take advantage of by assisting at an event, hosting a community drive, or offering your skills and resources to our team.  

Street Outreach staff made 1389 contacts with homeless youth to provide food, shelter, laundry and clothing. Thank you for your help.