Tuesday, September 20, 2016

The El Paso Center for Children’s Runaway Emergency Shelter Program


The staff supervisor at St. Francis Animal Rescue, a no-kill kitten and cat shelter in Florida, Dr. Patricia Lynn Hough is a former psychiatrist and social worker who is semi-retired. Throughout her career, Dr. Patricia Lynn Hough has been involved with a variety of charities and community efforts, including the El Paso Runaway Shelter, where she served on the board of directors.

The Runaway Emergency Shelter in El Paso is a program maintained by the El Paso Center for Children, an organization that provides homes and specialized care to families and children in need. Although the shelter is a residential facility, the program strives to prevent family separations and keep youth safe when they are away from home. In the long run, it aims to reunite runaways with their families and ensure long-term stability. To this end, the El Paso Runaway Emergency Shelter combines community education, crisis intervention, skills training, and counseling to help youth.

The shelter serves youth between the ages of 10 and 17 who have run away from home. Staying on a short-term basis, residents go through intensive counseling in family, group, and individual sessions. Residents are given family-style meals in the morning before they prepare for their assigned chores, school, counseling sessions, and workshops. These chores and requirements are meant to show youth that they can succeed in life while also building discipline and reducing such risk factors as substance abuse.

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