Drop-in center for at risk and unhoused teen reopens for services, COVID-19 guidelines in place

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EUREKA, Calif. (KIEM)-A drop-in center for at risk youth had to be shut down due to the pandemic, and a lack of funding.

The drop-in center through the Raven Project is a safe place for those between the ages of 10 to 21-years of age, to rest, relax, access various services, as well as peer youth educators.

Brandy Lara the Raven Project’s program coordinator says the center was closed as a precautionary measure.

 “Raven lost funding early in 2020 then when COVID hit decided to close the building,” she said.

Which meant, according to Brandy Lara, Humboldt County’s population of runaway and homeless youth no longer had access to resources offered by the drop-in center, but that’s changed.

“We were able to reopen because we secured more funding and we updated our procedures to make sure we were being cautious of COVID,” she said.  

The center offers a place for youth to shower, do laundry and eat; free toiletries, clothing, shoes and blankets are also offered at the center.

“Everyone wears a mask when they’re in the building, were limiting the amount of people that can be in the building at a time,” she said.  

Required temperature checks are now done on everyone who enters the facility.

Lara says the center offers at risk youth; resources that meet basic human needs not afforded when left without a stable home.

“Were giving people the supplies they need, really to survive,” she said.  

The drop-in center is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 p.m. to 5: 30 p.m. and from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and welcomes youth from all backgrounds including from the LGBTQ community.

“We always need sweatpants, shoes of different sizes, those are things that are in high demand,” she said.

For more information on the raven project drop-in center or to learn how to donate click here.