Health and Wellness
Youth experiencing homelessness often have significantly poorer health than the general public. Safe Place for Youth’s partnership with Venice Family Clinic has been critical in meeting the health needs of our youth, providing onsite services during Access Center hours. “Bill’s Wellness Clinic”, named after the late Councilman Bill Rosendahl, provides health screening, information and referrals, dental clinic, HIV testing, health workshops and Medi-Cal registration.
Additionally, our partnerships with LA County Department of Mental Health, Exceptional Children’s Foundation, and pro-bono mental health professionals provides mental health services including counseling, crisis stabilization, mediation, grief and loss support, and anger management. Providing these services allows youth to receive therapeutic support in a safe, nurturing and trauma-informed environment. We also provide youth with access to monthly equine therapy sessions, which helps individuals gain trust and relationship building skills, confidence and a greater self-worth through activities with trained horses.