Connections operates two emergency shelters for youth ages 5-17 who are in the midst of a crisis and need a safe place to stay. The program accepts youth ages 10 to 17 referred due to runaway behaviors, family conflict, abuse and neglect, or homelessness; this includes youth who are part of the state’s foster care system (Texas Department of Family and Protective Services). The program also accepts youth ages 5-9 who are in the state’s foster care system or are experiencing a family crisis that requires a brief placement.
Connections’ Chrysalis Transitional Living Program assists youth ages 16 to 21 in the Connections service area to transition to productive independent living as adults. It is a residential program which provides assistance in achieving educational goals and obtaining employment while teaching the life skills necessary to live independently.