Frequently Asked Questions
WHO DO WE SERVE?
WHAT CAN I DO?
When was Tumbleweed Center for Youth
Tumbleweed is a private, non-profit corporation that has
been providing direct service to runaway and homeless
youth since 1972.
What is Tumbleweed’s mission?
“Tumbleweed Center for Youth Development serves abused,
abandoned, troubled, and neglected youth. Tumbleweed
strives to assist youth in achieving their individual
potential, increasing their personal and social skills,
and creating opportunities to become self-directed,
socially responsible citizens.”
Where are you located?
Tumbleweed operates eleven programs throughout the
Phoenix area. Administrative offices are located at 1419
N. 3rd Street #102 Phoenix, Arizona, 85004
What makes Tumbleweed unique?
Tumbleweed is the only program in Maricopa County that
offers shelter services to non-system youth.
What is Youth Development?
The positive youth development approach promoted by
Tumbleweed suggests that helping young people to achieve
their full potential is the best way to prevent them
from engaging in risky behaviors. When youth have the
chance to develop caring relationships, have high
expectations and opportunities for participation, they
gain self confidence, trust and practical knowledge that
helps them grow into healthy, self sufficient adults.
Who Do We Serve?
Who does Tumbleweed serve?
Tumbleweed serves, abused, abandoned, neglected,
troubled and at risk youth ages 11 to 22 who are
homeless, runaway or still living at home but in crisis.
How many youths do you serve each year?
Tumbleweed serves approximately 1,900 youth each year -
39% male and 61% female. The ethnic breakdown is:
African American 13%; Caucasian 49%; Native American 5%;
Asian/Pacific Islander 1%; Hispanic 31%; other 1%.
What services do you offer?
Tumbleweed offers case management, counseling; high
school, and GED educational services; vocational, job
development and employment services; short and long term
shelter; transitional living; outreach; drop in center
services; and family reunification.
How can youth access services?
• Any youth can go to a Quick Trip service station that
displays a SAFE PLACE sign and tell the employee that you need help. They will call
• During the day, a youth can walk into one of our 2
Drop in Centers; one is in central Phoenix at 902 N. 5th Street or the Tempe Youth Resource Center
is in Tempe at 101 E. 6th Street.
• The crisis line is available 24/7 where someone will
talk with you and help you access services at 1-866-SAFE 703.
Do clients pay for services?
No. Youth and their families are not expected to pay for
services they receive at Tumbleweed. The Transitional
Living Programs teach money management to the resident
by expecting a percent of their earnings to be held in a
trust account managed by the agency. When the youth
leaves the program, their money is returned to them with
What Can I Do?
What should I do if I see someone on
the street that could use Tumbleweed help?
Tell them about Tumbleweed! Our toll free number is
How can I help?
There are many ways to support the work of Tumbleweed.
Make a financial contribution, volunteer your time,
donate in-kind gifts such as clothes, gift cards, bus
tickets, remember Tumbleweed in your estate planning.
Do you have volunteer opportunities?
Yes, please read our volunteer page for Tumbleweed’s
criteria and then go to the individual programs for the
current opportunities where available.
How old do you have to be to volunteer?
How do I find employment with
• Come to the Administrative Office and complete an
• Fill out the application online through our “Employment”