Barancik Foundation awards $1M grant for new Safe Children Coalition Youth Shelter

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Since 1991, the Safe Children Coalition Youth Shelter has addressed the needs of thousands of youths and families in Sarasota and DeSoto counties. The Youth Shelter serves children and teens, ages 10 to 17 – who are either homeless, have run away, are ungovernable, truant, experiencing family conflict or mental health crises – with temporary housing and safe care.

But the Youth Shelter is now 60 years old and without sufficient capacity to meet the current level of need. Additionally, the property has recently been sold and Safe Children Coalition must vacate the premises by March 2023.

To help support the construction of a new Youth Shelter with upgrades and the ability to host direct services on-site, the Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation has awarded a $1 million grant to the Safe Children Coalition.

“Keeping kids out of the foster care system and reuniting them with their families is a primary goal for this youth shelter and a critical need in our community,” said Teri A Hansen, president and CEO of the Barancik Foundation. “Sixty years is a long time to depend on an antiquated structure and it is high time we replace it.”

The new facility is expected to be approximately 9,000 square feet with separate male and female wings and double and single occupancy rooms (as opposed to the current dorm-style layout). The new configuration will help SCC with more appropriate spacing needs to meet requirements for age separation of children as well as helping children with backgrounds that require them to have single room accommodations. The new facility will also have dedicated space for services such as individual and family counseling and therapy sessions.