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The Basic Center Program (BC) works to establish or strengthen community-based programs that meet the immediate needs of runaway and homeless youth and their families.
The BC Program services youth 12-17 years of age, providing 21 days of emergency shelter, food, clothing, counseling, and referrals for healthcare. The BC seeks to reunite young people with their families whenever possible or to locate appropriate alternative placements.
The program also provides education, recreation programs, and aftercare services for youth after they leave the shelter
When accepting youth for services, the program considers the individual needs of each youth and how we can best meet their needs. The BC Program receives referrals from schools, social services, churches, courts, juvenile probation departments, parents and guardians, and other child-placing agencies.
Under certain circumstances, we accept youth adjudicated as in need of supervision. However, we will not accept youth charged with violent crimes such as murder, rape, manslaughter, sexual assault, robbery, carjacking, kidnapping, or similar crimes.