Youth Resource Center offers vital services to vulnerable youth

In July 2021, Springboard Community Services opened the Youth Resource Center (YRC) to provide young people with mental health counseling, case management, housing navigation, homeless diversion, family support, rapid rehousing, and workshops. This hub of housing and support services for homeless and unstably housed youth ages 18-24, will expand its services to include Drop-In Center services, effective January 10, 2022.

The YRC is a youth-centered, safe, centrally located center that offers vital services to vulnerable youth. The Drop-In services are for vulnerable young people who are living on the streets. Many are escaping, abuse, neglect, violence, and sex trafficking. They are all striving for the stability of a home, a safe respite from the streets, and support obtaining crucial connections to stabilizing services. Drop-In Centers are not shelters and do not provide overnight bed capacity.

The YRC is staffed by an interdisciplinary team including, but not limited to, the YRC Coordinator, Peer Counselors, Housing Navigators, Case Managers, Therapists, and Workforce Development Specialists.

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Drop-in services will include access to computers, phones, food, clothing, toiletries, laundry, and shower facilities. In addition to those services, the young people can receive access to mental health counseling, educational and employment opportunities, housing, assistance to obtain ID cards, transportation, or legal aid services.

“Some of these young people are coming from very challenging situations. They are runaways, throwaways, couch surfers, and others who are escaping abuse or neglect at home,” said F.T. Burden, “this new initiative allows us to step up and address the myriad of obstacles preventing these young men and women from moving forward.”

The Center will be located at Springboard’s main office on Falls Road in Baltimore and will be open from 10 AM to 6 PM Monday -Thursday and 10 AM – 4 PM on Friday.

“Our primary goal is to create a safe, judgment-free zone where young people can feel supported and valued,” said YRC Coordinator, Hilary Sigismondi.
For more information please call (410) 366-1980 Ext. 247 or email hsigismondi@scsmd.org.

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FT Burden

Chief Executive Officer

F.T. was appointed Springboard Community Services as CEO in September of 2015 following a national search that yielded more than 200 candidates. Prior to joining SCS, he served for nearly 15 years as President & CEO of AIDS Interfaith Residential Services, Inc. / Empire Homes of Maryland. F.T.’s chief duties include leading fund and partnership development, cultivating the board of directors, and establishing the agency’s strategic direction and vision. A Florida native, F.T. enjoys cooking, traveling, and attending live music and dance performances.