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Read about the Alternative House, "A Place for Youth in Need," in the Vienna Connection. >>> Read More

Come to an Open Door Information Session and learn about issues facing homeless and at-risk youth, what Alternative House does to help, and how you can get involved. More info>>>

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Emergency Shelter for Teenagers

An estimated 15,000 young people run away each year in Northern Virginia. We're here for those who don't find their way back home.

Alternative House's Emergency Shelter for Teenagers offers a safe haven to young people in crisis, at no cost to young people or their families. When a young person has nowhere to turn, Alternative House's door is always open. Teens who have run away, been turned out of their home, are homeless, abused or otherwise in crisis are welcome.

The Shelter is a completely voluntary program for young people 13 to 17 years old. They may stay for up to three weeks and during that time, in addition to safe shelter, food and clothing; each youth receives intensive individua, group and family counseling and help keeping up with their education.

"Jenna" found us after she had been on the run for five days.

Each year, an average of 200 young people finds help and hope at Alternative House's Emergency Shelter for Teenagers. Alternative House's goal is to reunite these children with their families whenever possible. When this is not possible, we find a safe longer-term living arrangement for the young person. On average, 90% of the young people who come to Alternative House return to their families, with supports in place after they leave.

Established in 1972, the Emergency Shelter for Teenagers in Vienna, Virginia remains the only shelter of its kind in the Washington, DC Area. There were five other shelters similar to ours located in Maryland, Virginia and Washington DC, but over the past ten years, all five have closed their doors. The next closest shelter like ours in the state of Virginia is located in Virginia Beach.

Are you interested in volunteering for our Emergency Shelter for Teenagers? Click here for more information.

VOLUNTEER NEEDS as of 6/4/15 (in order of priority):
Sunday 9am-1pm
Friday 9am-1:30pm
Saturday 6pm-10pm
Monday 12pm-3pm
Tuesday 2:30pm-5:30pm
Tuesday 9am-12pm
Wednesday 9am-1pm