LANDOVER, MD - On Thursday, May 2, 2013, Prince George’s County Executive, Rushern L. Baker, III, Gloria L. Brown, Director of Prince George’s County Department of Social Services and Deborah Shore Executive Director of Sasha Bruce Youthwork, Inc., took part in a ribbon cutting ceremony to help celebrate the opening of the County’s first publicly supported shelter, Promise Place. The newly renovated space has been converted to a shelter with 20 beds for runaway and homeless youth from age 12 -24 years of age.
“This initiative represents several years of dedication and hard work from so many committed individuals,” said County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III. “I have to commend those who worked tirelessly to ensure that this “safe haven” for youth has become a reality. It is important that we provide all the necessary resources to support those youth that are vulnerable in our County—for that, I thank you.”
The County has teamed with a proven provider of youth services, Sasha Bruce Youthwork, Inc. to obtained federal funding that will support provide management and operation of the 24 hour, 7 days a week facility. Sasha Bruce Youthwork, Inc., a youth shelter provider since 1977 (and long-term federal grantee for this service modality in the District), has well-established outreach, admission and service protocols. They will provide case management and screen each youth for emergency needs such as food, medical attention, and other crisis intervention services.
Over 100 homeless youth advocates ,community leaders, educators and service providers gathered to hear testimonials from a former homeless youth and Jermaine Crawford, actor (formerly on HBO’s The Wire) and homeless youth advocate.
Brianna Moore, an 11 year old resident of Prince George’s County, learned of the opening of the youth shelter and wanted to do something to assist. She asked her mother, Shavonne Moore, if she could help her to coordinate a fund raiser. With the monies raised, Brianna donated over 30 bags filled with toiletry items for the youth.
Promise Place will thrive because of contributions from families like the Moores as well as strategic public-private partnerships with organizations like Centennial Contractors Enterprises, Inc. and Sasha Bruce Youthwork, Inc.
“Youth will not only have a place to stay, but a state-of-the-art facility that will also provide vital support services to help them develop the skills necessary to overcome the difficulties they face and redirect their current paths ," said Director Gloria L. Brown. "This project is a by-product of the County’s 10-year plan to prevent and end homelessness. Our mission is to provide supports and services to Prince George’s County’s most vulnerable residents and help them on a path to self-sufficiency."
For more information on Housing Instability Among Young People in Prince George’s County report and the Ten Year Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness in Prince George’s County go to www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/dss and look at Studies on Homelessness.