City House’s Drop-in Center Growing by the Day

City House has been helping North Texas kids for 25 years, both with its Transitional Living Program (TLP) for young adults, ages 16-21, and “My Friend’s House” emergency shelter for at-risk kids.

The TLP program has been tremendously successful. Many young adults enter the program looking for direction and hope and leave prepared to stand on their own two feet and live life to its fullest.

Part of the TLP program includes attending Life Skills classes at City House’s Saigling office, located at 902 E. 16th Street in east Plano. The classes are a staple of the program, featuring everything from budgeting, daily living skills, resume and job application assistance, and interviewing skills.

City House has never limited these classes to official residents of its program. In fact, it has always encouraged any young adult that needs help to come by and ask. More and more young adults have taken advantage of the opportunity and it has slowly grown into a regular course of traffic through the Saigling house.

Now it serves as an official City House Drop-In Center.

IMG_0472“It’s a cool place in the summer and a warm place in the winter,” City House TLP Program Director Linda Goodman said. “Our facilities are open to anyone 16-21 years old who are seeking professional help or simply would like to socialize.”

Young adults can come by to use the phone, the computer, get a snack, get hygiene supplies, or participate in any of the scheduled life skills groups. And of course, needed bathroom facilities are available. Saigling is open Monday through Friday from 9 am – 5pm.

“It’s really grown over the last year or so,” Goodman said. “Young adults find out about our drop-in center through word of mouth, as well as referrals by other agencies.”

It’s a fantastic resource for the young adults that need it. Those with needs to fulfill community service hours can also come by and get help. City House helps match up young adults with projects to work off the hours.

The life skills classes are tremendously popular (and helpful). Most are held on Wednesday’s from 1-2 pm at Saigling. Daily living, housing & money management, career/work & education/study, and self care/relationships & communications are all topics covered at the group classes.

Another service City House offers at the drop-in center is free HIV/STI testing on the first Friday quarterly, with results in 15 minutes, provided by AIDS ARMS of DALLAS. The next one will be on August 2 (11a-2pm). 

“The drop-in center has really gone well,” Goodman said. “It’s been an education for us inside the agency as well. We’ve enjoyed it. I think it will grow, especially as we expand into Frisco.”

Young adults interested in learning more about the resources that City House offers can come by the office, call (972-424-4626), or go to CityHouse.org to fill out an application (direct link to City House programs and application: http://www.cityhouse.org/programs.shtml).

 

City House is always in need of donations

City House needs donations to help the drop-in center, as well as other programs, run smoothly.

Items needed:

  • Toilet paper (most needed)
  • Paper towels
  • Kleenex
  • Paper plates, bowls and cups
  • Plastic silverware
  • Paper napkins – luncheon size
  • Plastic drawstring garbage bags
    • Small kitchen size
    • XL for larger garbage pail

FOOD (individually wrapped items are preferred)

  • Cup of Noodles
  • Cup of Soup
  • Cup of Mac & Cheese
  • Cup of Ravioli/Pastas
  • Small individual cans/pouches of Tuna
  • Cereal Cups (Cheerio’s, etc.)
  • Instant Oatmeal Single Packets
  • Jello Cups
  • Pudding Cups
  • Peanut Butter
  • Jelly
  • Cheese Crackers, Pop Tarts, Individual Muffin Packs, Pretzels, Chips, Cookies

MONETARY DONATIONS & WATER BOTTLES

  • Monetary donations are always welcome (and helpful!). More money gives us the opportunity to serve more clients.
  • Plastic refillable water bottles are also needed (our clients utilize them often).

City House thanks you for your generosity of money, time and spirit!

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