SOS – Street Outreach Services
St. Francis House began street outreach services in St. Johns County in the Fall of 2016. The program launched with 2 teams of professionally trained outreach workers. In January 2017, a third team dedicated to homeless youth was added.
Teams travel throughout St. Johns County where the homeless live and congregate to develop trust and break down the barriers that keep the homeless from engaging. In addition to assisting with basic needs, SOS provides a direct linkage to emergency shelter, permanent housing and supportive services.
SOS teams successfully connected 72 people to housing from Sept 2016 to May 2017.
62% of outreach clients accessed Advocacy & Referral Center services after contact
SOS – Youth Street Outreach
This program engages youth living on the street with services that promote safety, well-being, self-sufficiency and permanent connections with caring adults. The program addresses the immediate needs of food, clothing, crisis intervention support and community resource connections.