Youth Resource Center moves

CFS Youth Resource Center moves to Lincoln Street

Child and Family Services’ Youth Resource Center moved from 99 Hanover Street, to 326 Lincoln Street, Manchester, in November 2015. 

                Serving homeless, runaway, unaccompanied, and at-risk youth, the Center is a judgment free, safe zone where youth ages 12 to 23 can access a multitude of life-changing services and resources.  This includes food, clothing, showers and laundry facilities, mental health counseling, substance abuse treatment, employment training, educational assistance, housing, violence prevention, child protection, parenting education, emotional support, and family empowerment, among other services. 

On average, between 700 and 1000 youth access the center per year, as they flee untenable life circumstances in an effort to change the trajectory of their lives, reach goals, and become contributing members of the community.

In close proximity to Manchester’s downtown area, the new Lincoln Street facility is built on an open concept for greater safety and security, and features a computer lab, shower and laundry facilities, private counseling rooms, group meeting and recreation spaces, wheelchair accessibility, a food pantry, kitchen, and a clothing closet, as well as free parking spaces.   Located on a public transportation route, it is adjacent to a large outdoor recreation field, and is in close proximity to other community resources and partners.

                After most of the CFS programs moved over the past few years from 99 Hanover to the expanded agency headquarters on 464 Chestnut Street, the Street Outreach and Runaway & Homeless Youth programs remained at 99.  Due the community-based nature of those programs, the agency no longer needed as big a footprint of real estate.  

“This move is one more way that Child and Family Services is being a good steward of the public and philanthropic support we receive,” says Borja Alvarez de Toledo, president/CEO of Child and Family Services.  “By saving on overhead expenses, we can invest more in our direct service practice and innovative program initiatives that directly impact our clients and our community.”                 

The new CFS Youth Resource Center is being made possible by 30-year CFS supporter, PROCON, an award-winning architectural and construction management firm, which is underwriting the cost of the project and providing construction services to retrofit the new space.   

“We are forever grateful to the Stebbins family and PROCON for their unwavering commitment to the children, youth, and families we serve,” says Alvarez de Toledo.  “Their extraordinary generosity, coupled with their industry expertise and vision for New Hampshire’s future, has transformed this building into a great new environment in which young people will have the opportunity to transform their lives.” 

                PROCON is a 4th generation family owned company built on a foundation of philanthropy.  Mark Stebbins, PROCON CEO and chairman, credits his passion for helping others to his father.  “I am proud to continue this family tradition,” says Stebbins, “and am grateful for the opportunity to make a lasting contribution to those who are less fortunate.”

                A formal ceremony and ribbon-cutting for the new site, will be held in the spring of 2016.

                Contact information for the new Youth Resource Center, is 603-518-4170.  Further information, click here.