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Ashley Hawke advised on 11 Jan 2012
Director of Advocacy Services at Cleveland Rape Crisis Center
I am an independently licensed social worker and a rape crisis victim advocate. I think the most important item to consider for a homeless shelter for teens would be wraparound services for the clients. Homeless teens would need many essential services, including clothing, hygiene items, food, and education, plus many additional support services, such as counseling, advocacy, case management, etc. Child welfare/child and family services should be part of the initial development of a homeless shelter to ensure that the shelter is notifying the proper officials when a teen is the victim of any abuse or neglect. Oftentimes, homeless or runaway teens may be the victim of trauma, so including domestic violence, rape crisis, or human trafficking agencies are partners would be helpful as well. Someone with knowledge in direct services and community organization would be the a good fit for development of a shelter of this nature.
Ravi M advised on 10 Jan 2012
Virtual Consultant - Start-up / Business
Ensure you adhere to the local laws strictly. Since the shelter is related to teen an expert doctor, psychologist, educationalist and team of counselors required apart from managing the shelter. The challenge here is to address the teen age problems as if you address your own kith and kin. Assume the shelter is like a small village comprised of teens. And start listing the various activities and basic needs of these teens. Analyze the same with your own expert team. Finally decide the mandatory requirements and ensure the experts are available in the same. Then proceed with process of setting up the shelter.