Safe Place yellow and black diamondlogoThe only 24-hour self-referral shelter from Bakersfield to Stockton for runaway, homeless, exploited or displaced youth.

Covid-19 AlertDue to COVID-19 health concerns, Sanctuary Youth Shelter staff is on call and can be reached at (800) 820-4968 or (559) 777-5101.

Sanctuary Youth Shelter Emergency shelter and designated Safe Place site is open 24/7 for runaway and homeless youth.

Teens can also text the word “safe” and current location (address, city, state) to 4HELP (44357) for the nearest Safe Place location.

Fresno EOC Sanctuary Youth Shelter Location

24-Hour Toll-Free Number: (800) 820-4968

1545 N Street
Fresno, CA 93721

(Corner of N Street & Calaveras)

sanctuary@fresnoeoc.org

Sanctuary Youth Center is a designated Safe Place * This location is also a Safe Place site. Safe Place is a national youth outreach program designed to provide access to immediate help and safety for all young people in crisis.

Sanctuary Youth Shelter is a State of California licensed facility. License #107206899

About Sanctuary Youth Shelter

What We Do

Sanctuary Youth Shelter operates a 24-hour emergency shelter for runaway, homeless, exploited or otherwise displaced youth. Youth are provided a hot meal, clothing, crisis intervention, case management, counseling, and family re-unification (when appropriate).

Sanctuary Youth Shelter is the only self-referral emergency shelter between Bakersfield and Stockton and is recognized as a Safe Place.

  • Call or drop-in at the Sanctuary Youth Shelter and complete a pre-appraisal assessment with staff to determine eligibility.
  • Go to a designated Safe Place site (for immediate help on accessing Sanctuary Youth Shelter).

Since 1992, Sanctuary Youth Shelter has been the area’s recognized safe place center for runaway, homeless, exploited or displaced youth. The shelter is located in a central area of Fresno, accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The shelter will address the immediate needs of the youth such as shelter, clothing, meals, counseling and referrals with additional case managed care that will focus on family reunification, strengthening family bonds or transitioning to safe and appropriate alternative living arrangements.

Youth are able to gain access to the Sanctuary Youth Shelter on a referral or walk-in basis, or by accessing one of over 266 Safe Place sites located in the Fresno area.      

Eligibility

Runaway and/or homeless youth must be between the ages of 12-18 (18 If in a high school or equivalent program); must not be under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of entry; must not have a history of violence, serious mental illness, sexual offenses, or arson. Youth on probation or dependents of the county will have cases reviewed on a case-by-case basis. 

Pre-appraisal assessment must be completed by staff at Sanctuary Youth Shelter. 

frequently asked questions

How long can youth stay at the Sanctuary Youth Shelter?

Youth can stay up to 21-days maximum. Case Managers work with families to determine the appropriate length of stay dependent on the client’s needs.

Do I have to pay for my child to go to the Sanctuary Youth Shelter?

No, shelter services are free to families in crisis.

Can parents call or drop by to inquire about services for their kids?

Yes. Parents can contact the Sanctuary Youth Shelter at (800) 820-4968.

Can youth go to school while in the Sanctuary Youth Shelter?

Yes, youth are encouraged to attend their home school during their shelter stay. Shelter staff work closely with each school to ensure transportation is provided, however parents might have to provide transportation or allow their youth to ride the city bus. While in the Shelter, youth are protected under the McKinney-Vento Act if they are unable to attend school due to the school’s location.