Living Options For Teens (LOFT)
It is estimated that 24,000 Oregon youth ages 12 to 21 are living on the streets. The Cascade Youth and Family Center in Bend focuses on prevention, intervention, and crisis services for adolescents and their families, providing services to runaway and homeless youth in Deschutes County.
This program provides emergency shelter and counseling, works to reunite youth with their families, strengthens family relationships, encourages stable living conditions for youth, and supports youth in choosing constructive courses of action toward education completion and employment.
The Transitional Living Program, known as the LOFT, provides housing to young people ages 16 to 20 in Central Oregon who are homeless or for whom housing is unstable. Bend Church volunteers support this ministry by cooking meals for The Loft several times each month. For information on how to get involved, please email Debi Shimeck here.