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American Red Cross of T. C., Friendship Center

618 West State Street
Ithaca, NY  14850
Monday-Friday, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Area Served:
The Friendship Center, part of the American Red Cross Homeless Services Program, is a daytime drop-in center where the Outreach and Prevention Case Managers provide support, information and referral, landlord/tenant mediation, as well as housing solutions for individuals who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.
The Center acts as a referral center and provides a drop-in site for individuals & families to come have coffee, food, use telephones, and take showers.

The Marilyn Crone Bright Space offers toys, games and books for children to use when their parents are visiting the center.

Visitors can make their own breakfasts at the Friendship Center Mondays through Fridays. Lunches are served every Tuesday and Thursday at 12 noon and the 3rd Saturday of the month from 3 to 5 pm.

The Red Cross Food Pantry serves Tompkins County residents from 2 to 4 pm Monday through Friday. If someone is in urgent need of food, call or drop by the Friendship Center between 9:30 am and 4:30 pm and call the 24-hour Homeless Hotline at other times. During the holiday season, donations of personal care, clothing and other items are sought for the clients of the Friendship Center and the shelter program. Contact the shelter director for more information.

Bridges For Youth and Families

AKA (Also Known As):
Berkshire Farm Center and Services for Youth
120 West State Street
2nd Floor
Ithaca, NY  14850
Monday-Friday, 9 am-5 pm and by appointment
Area Served:
Program Coordinator
Bridges for Youth and Families, a NYS-certified Interim Family Program, provides emergency services to runaway, homeless and unaccompanied youth.
Focused on runaway prevention and reunification, Bridges staff works with young people who:
  • are thinking of leaving home or running away
  • have left home or run away
  • are homeless and want to reunite with their families

Youth living away from parents or legal guardian may also be eligible for services
Services for youth up to age 21 include:
  • family mediation
  • advocacy
  • community outreach and education
  • intensive case management
  • short-term solution-focused counseling
  • transportation
  • anger management and life skills groups
  • social and recreational activities

Bridges may also provide short-term emergency shelter for youth under 18.

Learning Web, Youth Outreach Independent Living Program

330 West Martin Luther King Jr./State Street
Ithaca, NY  14850
Monday-Friday, 9 am to 5 pm
Area Served:
(607) 272-8952
Executive Director
The Youth Outreach Program assists homeless and transient youth and young adults, many of whom have dropped out of school, to move from a state of dependence to self-sufficiency.
Participants can receive:
  • outreach services
  • assistance locating safe housing
  • intensive case-management
  • independent living skills training
  • crisis management
  • parenting skills training
These youths can also participate in paid apprenticeships that are intended to help them gain the workplace skills necessary to secure unsubsidized work. The Housing Scholarship Program (a transitional living program within the Youth Outreach Program) is for homeless and transient youth and young adults. Participants are housed in scattered site apartments and their rent and utilities are paid for 12-18 months. Program services and support are offered to help households:
  • develop the skills necessary to maintain stable housing
  • identify and pursue an educational and career pathway that will provide a livable wage
  • become productive members of our community

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