Emergency Youth Shelter
The Pearl Longbine Youth Shelter: Providing safety in a welcoming environment for youth in need of emergency shelter.The Youth Shelter is a 24-hour emergency placement home for youth, ages 5 to 17. We are a 24-bed facility, with a male and a female unit. Children accepted for placement are referred by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, County Juvenile Probation Departments, Texas Panhandle Centers or private placement. No child is denied services based on race, religion, sex, or national origin. The geographical area served by Catholic Charities of the Texas Panhandle includes the Amarillo area and regional areas covered by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. Youth in care come from settings in which they may have been homeless, abused, neglected, run away and/or exploited.
Many youth admitted to the shelter may not have basic essentials such as adequate clothing, shoes, coats/jackets or hygiene supplies. Because of their backgrounds, youth at the shelter have experienced trauma, which can result in depression, anger, physical aggression and self-harm. Shelter personnel utilize trauma informed care through evidenced based practices in order to assist the youth with the emotional, developmental, and mental impacts of trauma. Given the circumstances leading to youth admission to the shelter, we understand the fear and grief many of the youth experience. We believe in the core values of Safety, Relationships, Responsibility, Meaning and Growth. Through the use of the Full Value Contract, we maintain a safe, nurturing, consistent environment, which we hope will enhance continued maturity and growth. Pearl Longbine Youth Shelter employs the Positive Development Program to encourage the youth we serve to utilize developmentally appropriate and healthy methods of problem solving during day to day situations with feedback and guidance from shelter staff. Youth are provided counseling services on site, along with support from staff and opportunities to participate in recreational activities through school, church and community entities. Youth are provided opportunities to practice basic independent living skills, such as money management, laundry and hygiene care, and cooking and cleaning.