Our Programs


Boy's House

Boys House provides shelter, counseling, job development, educational services, tutoring, and skill building for boys placed by the Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare systems. They are delinquent and in need of a short-term structured living environment and most are enrolled in an intensive, research based model of family therapy, Functional Family Therapy, as most of these young men will return home. For those that won’t, longer-term placement beds are available. MORE

Casa de Sueńos

This is a program fully devoted to unaccompanied minors who have come into the custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement providing family reunification services along with safe and secure shelter. The Casa uses effective Youth Development (YD) practices by offering quality services, opportunities for success and well rounded supports. MORE

Family Builders

Family Builders provides low home-based services for families referred to Child Protective
Services for neglect and low-risk abuse. The project goal is remediation of factors leading to family crisis so families can raise successful children. MORE


GreenHouse Project

The GreenHouse Project, a collaboration between Tumbleweed, City of Phoenix Councilman Tom Simplot, 1n10, NTOUCH, and community volunteers, will provide a transitional housing program that will teach the skills necessary for independent living while affording homeless Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender (GLBT) 18-24-year-olds a safe, temporary living environment. MORE

Homeless Youth Intervention Program

HYIP is a Homeless Youth Intervention Program where Case Managers attempt to prevent homelessness or reunify homeless youth with their families and aids in strengthening relationships. When reunification is not appropriate, HYIP assists the youth in becoming independent and productive. MORE

Learning Center

Tumbleweed’s Learning Center is a resource center that provides educational/vocational assistance, job development, referral and enhanced educational services for clients in Tumbleweed programs and in the Phoenix Community. Tumbleweed Regional High School offers education for a high school diploma. In addition, Tumbleweed offers General Education Equivalent Diploma (GED) preparation classes. The Center provides computer and internet access for educational and job search purposes. MORE

Open Hands

Tumbleweed’s first Youth Crisis Shelter, now called Open Hands, opened in 1975. Services include short-term emergency shelter, individual and family counseling, basic needs assistance, job development, tutoring and skill-building for youth in crisis. Youth may be runaway, homeless or experiencing family conflict or abuse in the home. Services are available to youth who have no family resources and who are not receiving state-funded support through other programs. MORE

Out-Patient Counseling

Outpatient Counseling is a service component available to all clients of Tumbleweed’s
programs and community members offered contingent upon a youth (ages 11 to 18) with
behavioral problems and accompanied by a stable caregiver. MORE


Phoenix Drop-in Center

Tumbleweed’s Phoenix Drop In Center (DIC), formerly the Pappas Drop-in Center, provides a continuum of services that promote homeless youth 22 years and younger to move beyond the streets. In 2005, street outreach teams made contact with almost 2000 youth. Tumbleweed Outreach teams provide immediate needs on the street including nutritious food, clothing, shelter referral, transportation, health care assistance and counseling services. MORE

START Program

START (Supported Transitional Apartments, Resources and Training) provides housing subsidy and assistance to homeless youth. The program helps them develop their independent living skills and obtain other resources while subsidizing their rent. Youth select their own apartments individually in a location convenient to their place of employment/school/training program. MORE

Street Outreach

Mobile outreach services to street dependent youth ages 9-22. In 2005, street outreach teams made contact with almost 2000 youth. Tumbleweed Outreach teams provide immediate needs on the street including nutritious food, clothing, shelter referral, transportation, health care assistance and counseling services. MORE

Tempe Youth Resource Center

Tempe Youth Resource Center (TYRC), nestled in the heart of Tempe, was opened in November 2002 following the successes of Tumbleweed’s Phoenix Drop-in Center. TYRC provides basic supportive services on site such as food, hygiene and clothing in addition to intensive case management services for homeless youth. In 2005, the Drop-In Center served approximately 3,416 meals to about 264 youth and mobile street outreach connected with an additional 357 youth. MORE


TumbleTees is a youth run T-shirt business located within Tumbleweed's Drop-In Gallery. Every order that you place with us helps to provide opportunities for homeless youth and learn vocational and entrepreneurial skills, foster creative and economic growth, and provide hope to abandoned, abused and neglected youth. MORE

Young Adult Program

Tumbleweed’s Young Adult Program (YAP) provides a safe place to live for homeless or
runaway youth who have no other financial support or place to live. These young people have no viable family to support them and are rarely wards of the court. Youth receive independent living training, counseling, job development and skill building, which is designed to help the youth learn to live independently, and includes employment and parenting skills as well as a focus on increasing education level. Youth can be pregnant or parenting and can stay up to two years. MORE

Tumbleweed Center For Youth Development -
1419 N. 3rd St. #102 Phoenix, Arizona 85004

Phone: 602.271.9904 | 24-hour crisis hotline: 602.841.5799 | Toll free number: 1.866.SAFE703