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Adjusting Your Organization and Your Staff to Working From Home During COVID-19

The COVID-19 outbreak has officially been categorized as a pandemic by the World Health Organization. In the United States, the total number of people infected and the number of people who have died grows daily.  Within this atmosphere, Texas youth service providers are working to provide support and services to their clients while also keeping… Read more »

Remote Case Management in Response to COVID-19

This blog post is part of an ongoing series that aim to assist youth service providers in their COVID-19 response efforts. My more information and resources, please visit TNOYS’ blog, or visit the COVID-19 resource page. As COVID-19 spreads and public health officials recommend everyone practice social distancing and limit their exposure to others, many… Read more »

Member Spotlight: Covenant House Texas Responds to COVID-19

This week, TNOYS is publishing profiles on how several member organizations are responding to COVID-19. We hope that this information sharing will assist organizations in our community as they plan strategies, allocate resources, and work to keep youth and families safe. For additional information and resources on COVID-19, please visit TNOYS’ Emergency Response Resource Center…. Read more »

Member Spotlight: Houston:reVision’s Operations Protocol to Address COVID-19

This week, TNOYS is publishing profiles on how several member organizations are responding to COVID-19. We hope that this information sharing will assist organizations in our community as they plan strategies, allocate resources, and work to keep youth and families safe. For additional information and resources on COVID-19, please visit TNOYS’ Emergency Response Resource Center…. Read more »

Christine Gendron to Conclude Her Tenure as TNOYS’ Executive Director

After eight years with TNOYS, Executive Director Christine Gendron gave the TNOYS Board of Directors one year’s notice in August 2019 that she’d be stepping down from the organization in August 2020. TNOYS has grown substantially under Christine’s leadership, and her work has greatly strengthened our mission, services, and partnerships. TNOYS is excited to build… Read more »

Improving Equity in Shelters for Texas’ Transgender Youth

This post was authored by Alex Polk, as a follow-up to his previous piece on supporting LGBTQ youth. In researching this post, Alex drew from his own experience as an advocate, as well as multiple conversations with youth who identify as transgender and have lived experiences with homelessness.   Here at TNOYS, we’re encouraged by… Read more »

Member Spotlight: The Montrose Center

Our latest member spotlight is on The Montrose Center, a Houston- based organization that provides community support and care for LGBTQ individuals. The Montrose Center is one of several TNOYS member organizations working to improve equity for a diverse population of youth, including those in the LGBTQ community. Their Youth Services programming is an excellent… Read more »

TNOYS Awarded Funding to Mobilize Youth and Family Participation in the 2020 Census

We’re excited to announce that TNOYS was one of 28 Texas organizations to be awarded funds by The Hogg Foundation for Mental Health and the Texas Communities Count initiative. This statewide initiative aims to ensure that every Texan is counted in the 2020 census, with a particular focus on hard-to-count (HTC) populations, communities, and geographic… Read more »

Member Spotlight: How Lived Experience is Informing the SAFE Alliance’s CARES Program

  In our final blog post as part of Human Trafficking Awareness Month, we sat down with Allison Franklin, Senior Director of CARES for TNOYS member organization SAFE Alliance. Allison is an experienced leader and advocate for youth victims of commercial sexual exploitation, having worked with The Texas Criminal Justice Coalition and advocated for policy changes… Read more »

Member Spotlight: HCPS’ TRIAD Care Coordination

In honor of Human Trafficking Awareness Month, TNOYS is profiling member agencies and organizations working to tackle this important issue. One such agency, TRIAD, is a branch of Harris County Protective Services (HCPS). TRIAD acts as the Care Coordinator for Harris County’s multi-disciplinary team (MDT).  Care coordination is an effort spearheaded by the Texas Governor’s… Read more »