Adult Emergency Shelter
The first step starts here
The residential facility in Alfred provides shelter and treatment services for 37 single adults. The Residential Facility is dually licensed in Maine to provide both substance abuse and mental health treatment services. Depending upon needs of the client, they may be involved in one of these programs. However, if a client is in need of intensive SA treatment they would be referred to one of our two half-way houses, Ray Anger's Farm in West Newfield or the Serenity House in Portland. Our shelter is staffed 24 hours a day and is very much a program. There is an expectation that all residents attend in house groups and participate in community service. All residents are assigned a Housing Navigator or case worker that works with them on identifying and resolving the issues that led to their homeless situation. The ultimate goal is to move people out of the emergency shelter, on a case by case basis, into more transitional and permanent housing with continued support through Community Outreach when appropriate. We want to end the cycle of homelessness so that when an individual or family leaves our emergency shelter, they no longer require our services now and in the future. It is often the individual and the families efforts that make this a reality. We are able to provide some support and a framework, but residents are often the catalyst to their own success.
The initial contact with a prospective client is either in person or on the telephone. Initially, YCSP’s trained staff will determine the appropriateness and eligibility for emergency admission. If a client is intoxicated or in acute psychiatric crisis, YCSP is not an appropriate placement, and alternative referrals will be suggested.
If a client is homeless at the time of contact, not intoxicated, and not in crisis, the staff will see that client immediately. Clients that have a day or two before being homeless will be scheduled for a face to face screening during regular business hours. With this in mind, the primary goal of the emergency shelters is to prevent a family or individual from having to spend the night in their car or on the street.