A New Youth Shelter

Our New Youth Shelter is not just a new building – it’s a place where youth experiencing homelessness for various reasons – like difficulty at home, truancy, ungovernability, a mental health crisis, disrupted foster care placement, and more – can find a New Beginning. 

The land for the new Safe Children Coalition Youth Shelter has been acquired and is appropriately zoned for our use. The new Youth Shelter will be located at 4409 Sawyer Road in Sarasota, FL, and sit on two acres of land, with another 2 acres available for future expansion of services. It is well located and can easily be reached by public transportation, walking, or bicycling. The 9,000 square foot building will provide safe emergency, temporary housing for youth ages 10 – 17, and is designed to safely house up to 20 youth at a time. It will provide nearly 3,000 safe shelter bed nights a year and serve over 200 youth annually for many years to come.

The new facility will maximize space and security for the youth in our care. Eight (8) two-person rooms and four (4) single rooms will allow for better separation based on individual needs and limitations of youth and allow for accommodating youth with complicated backgrounds more appropriately. This is not possible at the current location, which is comprised of two large dorm rooms. The current floor plan creates wait lists for youth who are desperate for emergency shelter.

Invest In New Beginnings for Our Youth

Here, in a nearly 9,000 square foot space, designed specifically to care for community teens ages 10 – 17 from all walks of life, teens can find welcoming and warm shelter, and wrap around programs and support like individual and family counseling, to conquer their challenges and get them back home to their families or other appropriate placement.   

In this customized space we’ll be able to help more youth in our community. 

  • We have specifically designed (2) intake rooms for maximum privacy of families and teens using the program. Our former facility provided little to no privacy, and we were only able to meet with one teen and their family at a time. 
  • We have increased the number of teens we can serve at one time and reduced the incidences of placing teens on a waiting list by expanding the space to include single and double occupancy rooms. Our former facility had two large ‘dormitory style’ rooms which prevented us from serving youth who needed a more private environment. 
  • We now have an inside clothes closet area where staff can bring teens to access basic need items such as hygiene items, clothes, shoes, and other basic needs. 

Getting Homeless Teens Safely Home Where They Belong

By providing individual and family counseling our goal is to help teens safely return home and prevent long-term homelessness which could lead to teens becoming victims of human trafficking and other crimes, landing them in our child welfare systems, or committing crimes themselves that land them in jail. Sometimes teens can’t go home. That’s when we serve as a resource to families to help them figure out the next best steps for their teen. 


The new Youth Shelter facility will provide a secure entrance with upgraded technology to allow for the announcement and scanning of visitors before they enter the building – a necessary safety measure for our residents and staff. The design provides secure office space for therapists, counselors, and staff who are often discussing and navigating placement and other confidential services for youth who are entering or leaving the program.


You can help our youth with recognition of your organization or honor a loved one by naming our project or a specific area within the project with a naming gift. A naming gift can highlight your own commitment to helping youth, or you can recognize a prominent member of the community or loved one while creating lasting impact for youth in our community.