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.
You can't tell someone's story just by looking at them.
Our Youth Advisory Board has been hard at work on many projects throughout this past year, including this important awareness video. Thank you to all those who made this possible! JSYSI’s Youth Advisory Board is our way for high school students to volunteer:
“YES! You can do it! You are important! We believe in you and your dreams!”
Read our latest letter from our awesome board member, Catherine Fisher.
“The first time I came to Jackson Street Youth Shelter my family was falling apart.”
“I was running away from an abusive home with drug use and violence. The staff at Jackson Street were the first people who really looked at me, and I believed that they really cared.”
Read Angel’s story here:
3% and 5% of students in Benton and Linn counties are counted as homeless.
We wish it weren’t true, but it happens every day: Some youth are kicked out and others run away to escape trouble at home. Unfortunately, running away dramatically increases the risk that these youth will suffer abuse – physical and/or sexual – by both “friends” and strangers. They are at a much greater risk of being drawn into the ugly world of sex trafficking.