Noah’s Anchorage helps youth, parents in crisis

Photo contributed Noah’s Anchorage Youth Crisis Shelter offers residential services, drop-in counseling, a 24-hour crisis hotline, aftercare and referrals.

Noah’s Anchorage helps youth, parents in crisis

Staff report

Where would you go if you needed a safe place to stay, help with what’s going on at home, were contemplating running away, were at risk of being homeless or just needed someone to talk to?

There aren’t a lot of obvious choices, but one place that can help with all of these situations is Noah’s Anchorage Youth Crisis Shelter. A branch of the Channel Islands YMCA, it offers residential services, drop-in counseling, a 24-hour crisis hotline, aftercare and referrals.

When Anna was having a challenging time at home, she had no idea what a difference Noah’s could and would make in her life.

“I am fourteen, in the ninth grade and I have difficulty maintaining a healthy relationship with my parents,” she said. “My mom contacted Noah’s Anchorage for a “cool off” for us, which was supposed to last a couple days. As my mom and my communications was not improving and both of us agreed that me being at Noah’s was relieving stress, my stay was extended.

“When I first came here I was completely against staying and I was sure more than anything else that I wanted to leave.  But, as time progressed, I felt safe and supported here. I met so many amazing people, residents and staff. I made some great friendships, which was a huge accomplishment because I was new to Santa Barbara.  I’m not sure what I’d be doing or where I would be without Noah’s Anchorage.”

There are many stories just like Anna’s. Noah’s Anchorage is a safe place for youth to stay or connect with a caring, trained team of staff, while working through difficult personal and family issues.

Staff at Noah’s is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. All of the services are offered at no cost to clients.

Call 805-963-8775 or drop in at 301 West Figueroa St. to learn more.