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It takes a village to raise a child. Do you know a community organization or business interested in supporting our kids? Please contact us!

Acres of Hope Youth Ranch

Open to all children, ages 12-19. On occasion, based on need, age exceptions are considered. The only other "requirement" is that the child wants to come. Acres of Hope understands that every child deals with his or her own set of unique challenges. Session leaders work hard to adapt sessions to meet the individual needs of each child.

Thanks to generous contributions from community partners, sessions are at no cost to the families. AHYR seeks to minimize obstacles and freely welcome any youth who desire to participate in our programs. 

The Rec Bowling Alley

The Rec has free bowling for foster families every Monday and Wednesday from open to close. Bring in the letter or other written document that identifies them as a foster family to make it easier for our staff to know they will be bowling for free. Because there have been a lot of foster families utilizing this lately, it may be a good idea to call in and make a reservation prior to coming in. 

Empowered Services for Persons with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities 

Empowered Services provides Direct Support Providers to children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, such as meal planning, nutrition, skill building, physical activity, shopping and budgeting, and more. 

Salem Angels 

​The Salem Angels mission is to walk alongside children, youth, and families in the foster care community by offering consistent support through intentional giving, relationship building, and mentorship. This includes mentoring youth, supporting foster parents, and assembling specific supplies to assist foster families. 

Bikers Against Child Abuse

Bikers Against Child Abuse, Inc. (B.A.C.A.) exists with the intent to create a safer environment for abused children. We exist as a body of Bikers to empower children to not feel afraid of the world in which they live. We stand ready to lend support to our wounded friends by involving them with an established, united organization. We work in conjunction with local and state officials who are already in place to protect children.

Punx with Purpose

Punx with Purpose is a non-profit organization dedicated to working with at-risk youth in the Salem area. They hold an annual resource fair and concert in September with free food and clothing closet for youth, youth speakers with lived experience, and more. 

Career Technical Education Center (CTEC)

CTEC prepares high school students for high-skill, high-wage and high-demand careers while developing the professional skills, technical knowledge, academic foundation and real-world experience to assure their success upon graduation.

98% of CTEC students graduate. Other key outcomes include earning dual-college credit, gaining valuable industry certifications, strong attendance, professional skill development, and 100% positive placement post-graduation. CTEC students graduate high school with a career plan, as well as an internship, job, military or college acceptance. 

HOME Youth Services

HOME is a combination of services and programs for at-risk youth including a day shelter with drop-in services and an overnight emergency shelter. We provide a safe and supportive environment for both immediate needs and long term growth. Eligibility: All youth, between 11–17 years old. If 18, must provide proof of high school or GED program enrollment.

The Drop In is a day shelter that provides three meals a day, along with basic necessities like laundry, showers, and personal items. The Drop In provides resources to youth 365 days a year and is open every day from 12:00pm until 7:00pm.

The Drop In includes:

  • Access to basic needs such as laundry, showers, 3 meals daily , food boxes, clothes, toiletries, computers, TV & gaming, transportation, ID documents and more!

  • Street outreach and community outreach including follow-up to youth run reports filed with law enforcement in Salem & Keizer.

  • Service navigation and guidance (case management).

  • The Youth Empowerment Program (YEP), offering paid internships for youth ages 14 to 18, including job and life skills training.

  • Leadership and community service opportunities via our Youth Action Board (YAB) and CREW programs.
    Positive adult relationships with staff, college interns and community leaders.


Taylor's House

Taylor’s House is an emergency home for youth needing temporary shelter, accommodating up to ten youth, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. For youth ages 11 to 18 with nowhere else to turn, Taylor’s House is a safe place to stay and grow. 


Alongside The Drop In and Taylor’s House, HOME offers weekly group gatherings and frequent events, including skillset and leadership development through the Youth Empowerment Program (YEP). And for those needing services elsewhere, the Runaway & Homeless Youth Program (RHY) offers referrals and resources—as well as help with the most common problems at-risk youth face.

Boys & Girls Club of Marion and Polk Counties 

Family YMCA of Marion and Polk Counties 

Offers a comprehensive continuum of services for children and teens.


Free membership for foster care children 

Rainbow Youth

Rainbow Youth creates safe and welcoming spaces for LGBTQIA+ youth and their friends to find connection, support, and friendship. We promote Sexuality And Gender Acceptance (SAGA) through weekly gatherings, social activities, and individual support.


Free Legal Advice for Youth 

Oregon lawyers volunteer as Problem Solvers to offer free legal information and advice to children. Any young person between the ages of 13 and 17 can call to request a referral to this program. Referrals include a thirty minute office visit with a volunteer lawyer. This service is not available in all areas.

Call: (800) 452-7636

Salem First Presbyterian Church 
Guide for Addiction Rehabilitation 

Salem First Presbyterian Church is a full inclusion house of worship 

Online guide for recovering addicts who may be having trouble re-entering the workforce.

Drug & Alcohol Addiction Support Groups for Youth and Adults

There are hundreds of support groups full of compassionate members around the United States for you to consider. People who live in rural areas or prefer to not leave home to get help from peers have the option of joining many online communities that will be happy to welcome you as a member. There are general groups for any kind of addiction, for specific substance recoveries, for people who are religious or non-religious, and more, so no matter your circumstances and background, there is a community waiting to help you live a happy, healthy, sober life. 

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