Homeless and runaway teens. Youth in crisis. Jackson Street Youth Shelter in Corvallis, Oregon, gives youth a safe place to live and resources that get them on the road to a better life. Founded to fill a gap in local support services for housing homeless youth, we serve Linn and Benton Counties and rely on donations and partnerships from throughout the Corvallis and Albany areas.
In her own words...
My name is Feliciah, and I am 16 years old. I have been in and out of Jackson Street Youth Shelter since I was 13. My home environment was abusive physically and emotionally. It got to the point that I was called worthless every day, and I began to believe it. I started to become suicidal. I have been here for a good four to five months and soon will be leaving to Job Corps. The shelter has helped me so much it is amazing. Even my probation officer tells me she can see major improvement in my depression just by being out of that household. I actually have goals for myself now, and I don’t think about hurting myself anymore.
Jackson Street has helped me realize that I am important and that I am a person. They were the first people outside of my family who listened to me and fully believed what I had to say. Case management provided by the shelter has also helped me a huge amount throughout the years of this struggle. My case manager has always been there for me. I feel as though I could tell her anything and trust that she would keep my word safe.
I am also a member of the Youth Advisory Board, and I have also grown a strong connection with the staff advisor. I love to help her with random projects just to be with her and talk. The Youth Board has also helped me to reach out to my community and help others.
In the end, I believe that without Jackson Street I would be living on the streets or not here today. I’m so happy they helped me move forward with my life and join a program as helpful and inspiring as Job Corps
Jackson Street will be opening a second overnight shelter in Albany this winter! We will be able to offer shelter – and all of our other services – to Linn County youth in their own community. Watch our website for project updates.