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.
“The changes I have seen in youth throughout my years here I am unable to put down in words, but I can tell you that the work that is accomplished at the center is so important to the lives of the people we serve and the community as a whole. These youth sometimes have no where else to turn and no one else to support them. If we are simply just an ear to talk to and a safe place to be present, then we have done something wonderful in some else’s life.”– Jana Smith, Program Manager, TYRC
“The program is awesome because the staff is nice and helpful and supportive. I would not have been able to reach my goals if it had not been for the staff because I would have given up on them.” – Wolfie (street name), Client, TYRC
The Tempe Youth Resource Center is always looking for enthusiastic volunteers to simply spend time supporting the youth and sharing their talents. They are currently looking for someone to teach yoga/Pilates classes, job development and health education classes.