The STARRY Emergency Shelter serves children who need immediate protection, typically after being removed from their homes by court order due to life-threatening abuse or neglect.
The majority of children we serve are placed in our care by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS), which partially funds the Shelter through contracts for services. In addition, we provide emergency shelter care for children referred by their families who match our mission and programs based on the amount of space available.
Our Emergency Shelter Program aims to:
- Provide 24-hour assistance in a nurturing environment that promotes the safety, welfare and well-being of children and youth in temporary care
- Connect and empower youth to help reduce trauma symptoms and develop a feeling of safety
- Help children recognize inappropriate behavior
- Work to disarm fear and teach new life skills
- Offer services that focus on the child’s educational, social, emotional and individual health while building on their strengths
- Develop positive goals with resident input, encouraging and supporting each child in his or her efforts to achieve these goals
- Support and nurture the child’s cultural and religious identity
- Offer on-site counseling to all children and youth in care
- Provide residents with staff who display positive Christian values
- Utilize the community and volunteers to enrich the lives of the children we serve
- Recognize and support the direct childcare specialists who devote their time and energy to helping children heal
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The Emergency Shelter is primarily a resource to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services for children and youth in their conservatorship who have been removed because of abuse/neglect and are in need of immediate care while resolution of family issues is pending. Private referrals may be accepted on a space available basis. The Shelter also provides short-term care for youth and teens through the STARRY SAFE Program.