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Youth Services Bureau Gets $200,000 Grant to Fund Emergency Shelter

by on September 16, 2015 6:00 AM

The Burrowes Street Youth Haven lives to see another another three years.

The Centre County Youth Services Bureau (CCYSB), which operates the shelter, received a $200,000 grant for the program.

Congressman Glenn 'GT' Thompson announced the grant on Monday afternoon, which comes courtesy of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The funding, which recurs every three years, helps ensure that the youth shelter can stay open all hour of the day.

"It is an operational shelter but every three years we need to write a grant proposal and go through this process and we just learned this weekend that we were awarded this grant," said Andrea Boyles, CEO of the CCYSB. "We're very thankful that they awarded us the full amount needed to run the shelter."

The Burrowes Street Youth Haven is a designated safe place that helps children when they're most in need. Whether it's someone who ran away from his or her home, a homeless youth, or one going through a family crisis, the shelter is there to help.

"We really offer a bit of a timeout when families are at a crisis point and try and help out and get through that," Boyles said.

And while the shelter is able to offer a break to children who need one, it isn't a long-term solution. 

"We work immediately with families trying to get kids back home safely which is always our first goal," Boyles said. "And when that isn’t an option we work to get kids moved onto a relative or foster care situation."

The $200,000 grant pays for the vast majority of the youth shelter program, which offers a four-bedroom house for kids between the ages of 12 and 18. The shelter offers a place to stay, food, and counseling.

"The services provided by the Centre County Youth Service Bureau are essential for so many children and families," Thompson said in a press release.  "The emergency shelter, in particular, provides a safe place for youth at a very difficult time of their lives. They should know the shelter is a safe place to turn."

The Burrowes Street Youth Haven is located at 334 S. Burrowes St. The shelter is open 24 hours, 365 days a year, and can be reached via phone at 814-234-2100.



Zach Berger is the managing editor of StateCollege.com. He graduated from Penn State University in 2014 with a degree in print journalism. Zach enjoys writing about a variety of topics ranging from football to government, music, and everything in between.
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