Safe Coach Program

Not knowing where you will sleep tonight is stressful no matter how you spin it…


Program Description:

The Safe Coach Program is available for teens and young adults aged 13-24 and/ or their parents or guardians when the family is having trouble living together. We help identify family members relational needs, strengthen their capacity to deal with differences and conflict, stay connected with each other and foster a long-term support system. 

Teens (under 18):

The Youth and Family Support Worker will meet with you to discuss your needs and options if you believe you cannot live with your parents or legal guardian either in the short term or longer term, or if you are considering leaving home or have left home.

We believe that most of the time, youth under age 18 are best living with their family, unless there are safety concerns or conflict is unmanageable and a break would help ease the tension and provide time for parents and the teen to gain some insight into the issues to determine a way forward.

We support the teen and their parents to identify issues, build alternative conflict resolution skills when needed, and move toward reunification whenever possible. Sometimes, the teen is unable to go home, but either way, we strive to support the relationship.

Young Adults 18 to 24:
We recognize that you are legally able to make your own decisions and live on your own. Sometimes, young adults may need support in gaining the skills or ability to do so. The Youth and Family Support Worker will meet with you to determine your needs and can support your goal setting and steps toward healthy independent living.



We will:

  • explore the circumstances contributing to the situation
  • identify those who you feel support you and your well-being, including family members
  • identify immediate and longer term needs for shelter and other basic supports
  • explore substance use, mental health, or other issues that may be creating difficulties at home
  • consider your financial needs and resources
  • explore potential community resources to address your needs

Parent/guardian/caregiver support:

We prefer to work closely with parents/ legal guardians/caregivers to ensure the teen’s physical and emotional safety is maintained while also exploring the situation from the parent/guardian perspective. Parent/guardian support needs vary depending on the circumstance; however common themes are a high level of parent/teen conflict, youth sometimes or often leaving home and couch surfing, parent/ guardian concerns with teen substance use, and lack of youth engagement with their parents/guardians.

We strive to support the teen and their parents to identify issues, build alternative conflict resolution skills when needed, and move toward reunification whenever possible. Sometimes, the teen is unable to go home, but either way, we strive to support the relationship.

Host Homes and Supportive Roommates

The Safe Coach Program recruits Host Homes and Supportive Roommates to provide short-term transitional housing for teens and young adults working on a long term plan towards family reunification or transitioning to adulthood.

Host Homes are a housing option and not emergency shelter. Other housing options may be explored and utilized based on the teen or young adult’s level of engagement.

If you’ve ever wondered if there is more you could do to support teens and young adults in this community and you understand that sometimes teens and young adults just need a safe place to stay while they work things out with their family, becoming a Host Home or Supportive Roommate may be for you. 

If you have concerns related to youth homelessness or are interested in learning more about becoming a Host Home or Supportive Roommate, please contact the Resource Centre at 403-851-2250 or fcss@cochrane.ca.

Resources:

For Teens, Young Adults and Parents/Guardians:

Distress Centre: 24/7 crisis and suicide line
403-266-4357
http://www.distresscentre.com

For Teens:

Avenue 15 Youth Shelter: For teens aged 12-17 that are at-risk of homelessness and need a safe place to stay
403-543-9651
https://www.boysandgirlsclubsofcalgary.ca/programs/youth-housing-and-shelters/shelter

ConnecTeen: Confidential peer support crisis line for teens who need someone to talk to
Text 587-333-2724 Mon-Fri from 3-10pm and Sat-Sun 12-10pm
Call 587-333-8336 for 24/7 support
http://calgaryconnecteen.com

For Parents/Guardians: 

Community Resource Team: Crisis, counselling and in-home supports for individuals and families
403-299-9699
https://www.woodshomes.ca/programs/community-resource-team

Social Services Response Team: 24/7 intake line for emergency child welfare and family enhancement services
403-297-2995