Seton Youth Shelters has operated its Street Outreach Program since January 1999. It all began with collaboration between Seton Youth Shelters, Stand Up For Kids, and the Virginia Beach United Methodist Church, which continues to this day. Working together, we were able to provide trained professionals and volunteers to open a weekly teen drop-in center named The Crow’s Nest at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront. Since that time Seton Youth Shelters’ Street Outreach Program has developed a diverse, multi-faceted positive youth development approach to filling the service gap to ensure accessibility of crisis services to the youth of Hampton Roads and their families.
Today, our Street Outreach Program assists youth up to the age of 21 years of age. Services offered include:
“The Crow’s Nest” (Weekly Youth Street Outreach Center)
Each week, staff and volunteers open the 2nd story doors of “The Potter’s House” on Tuesday Evening from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. At The Crow’s Nest, youth up to the age of 21 years old can find a “safe haven” with caring adults that offer crisis counseling, food and drink, access to emergency shelter, clothing, hygiene items, substance abuse education, community referrals, written educational information, a G.E.D. study hall, employment posting board and Family/Runaway Message Board.
Our Youth Street Outreach Center is located on the 2nd Floor of The Potter’s House which is next to Domino’s Pizza on the corner of 18th Street and Pacific Ave. The building is easily identified through our building signs on Pacific Avenue and over the 2nd story door.
1709 Pacific Ave
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
Van Outreach Program
Our Van Outreach Program travels through Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Hampton and Newport News accessing 400 square miles of Hampton Roads. The Van Outreach Program is a mobile unit equipped with two person teams, offering the same services as our Youth Street Outreach Center, but providing greater access to emergency youth services by traveling through these cities seeking areas of high risk where youth congregate.