Synergy Services Youth Resiliency Program

 
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Nov 27, 2012

5th Annual One Homeless Night

Every night in Kansas City, 2,000 teens have no home to go to.  They’re sleeping on the street ~ in their car ~ on someone’s couch ~ or in a motel.  Wherever they are … it’s not home.

In November, Synergy sponsors an event called One Homeless Night that gives young people a unique opportunity to step into the shoes of their homeless peers for one night while also providing critical help through programs at Synergy Services.

We sponsor this event because we believe it’s important to understand the plight of a homeless teen and then to do something about it.  Your gift is supporting our work with homeless teens.  We have a Street Outreach Team who drives around at night looking for homeless teens, and offering them warmth, food, clothes, and someone to talk to.  We have Synergy House – a dorm-like building where teens can stay for a bit to get back on their feet.  We have the Youth Resiliency Center – an incredible building where teens can eat a meal, shower, wash their clothes and rest.

We wouldn’t have any of this without you.  Thank you so much for your support of Synergy Services; for understanding the plight of a homeless teen; and for doing something about it.


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Aug 17, 2012

Synergy Integrates Care at Youth Resiliency Center

A centerpiece of Synergy Services’ Homeless Youth Campus, the Youth Resiliency Center’s onsite medical, dental, and mental health clinic is a community funded clinic that promotes a coordinated and integrated system of safety net care. The targeted population is runaway, homeless, and at-risk youth who are uninsured and medically underserved. These young people come to Synergy suffering from the physical and mental health consequences of a life of poverty, abuse, and neglect. Through education, motivation, and support, the integrated and patient-centered clinic works with each youth and empowers him/her to take control of their physical and emotional health. All three service areas of the clinic (mental, medical, dental) are adolescent-focused and sensitive to the unique needs of this population. The purpose of the onsite health clinic is to provide integrated, quality, youth-focused, and accessible health care for a poor and underserved population. The clinic is open to youth from across the community who are referred by other organizations, school districts, Synergy’s street outreach team, low income housing from the surrounding neighborhood, churches, and youth who are or have resided in Synergy’s emergency shelter and transitional housing program. During the first half of 2012, the onsite clinic provided nearly 5,000 hours of mental health therapy to 294 youth, and Miles of Smiles and Children’s Mercy cared for the dental and physical health needs of 437 underserved and impoverished teens.  As of July, 2012, 100% of youth utilizing the clinic had the barriers reduced with 54% returning for follow-up care. This return rate is an indication that youth are making an ongoing connection to the clinic staff while also experiencing little wait time for appointments. Over 90% of the clients had a wait time of 7 minutes or less to see a clinic provider and 95% of youth were able to be seen within one day.  Based on the client’s satisfaction survey, 89% believed the service was very helpful; 11% believed the service was helpful; 1% believed the service was somewhat helpful. The design of the clinic as an integrated, youth-focused program that is also based on the principles of the medical home model is an innovative approach to health care service delivery for this most underserved population of youth. While quality services is crucial within each of the clinic’s areas of care provided, it is the integration and the commitment to establishing ongoing relationships that Synergy feels is the most innovative aspect of the onsite clinic. This approach of service delivery wraps around each youth, eliminates barriers, and fosters overall wellness, commitment to personal health, and personal transformation in a cost-effective and efficient design.

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May 18, 2012

THANK YOU!

The gratitude that Synergy Services receives is because of the kind generosity from friends like you that care about the work that we do for youth, teens, families and the community. THANK YOU!

"I was in individual therapy at Synergy when I was 17 and having problems with my mom, boyfriend, school, etc. Eventually we enrolled into family therapy and ultimately decided a stay at Synergy House would be beneficial. My mom and I have been in therapy for almost 4 years. I am now 25 with a college degree, working full-time and am getting married in a year. I am grateful for all the great help I received from Synergy. My mom continues to donate part of her yearly bonus to Synergy House!" – Ashley

"Thank you Synergy Services for your Kind Outreach!" – Patricia

"Synergy is awesome!" – Cindy

"Thanks again for involving us in the Kindest Kansas Citian Awards Celebration!  We all had a wonderful time. It was so inspiring to hear the kind works of so many others and to be a part of the recognition. You all at Synergy Services are doing important work!  I always say that I can’t change the world, but I can make a real difference in my little part of the world.  That is obviously the philosophy at Synergy also!" – Stacey

"Synergy provides a valuable service to our community. Join me in support of this great organization!" – Kathy

"Thank you for letting us come out and cook dinner for the amazing individuals associated with Synergy! We had a great time!" – Tessa

"Thanks for all you do, Synergy folks!" – Pilar

 "Thank you for all that you have done for us and all that you do!!  It’s been a pleasure meeting you and working with you!" – Stacey

"This is an awesome organization!" – Kim

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Feb 23, 2012

Sam

Sam is a shy young man who first started coming to the Youth Resiliency Center about six months ago.  He met Synergy’s Street Outreach team at the apartment complex where he and his family live.  Synergy’s Outreach team provides regular transportation to the YRC for the young people who live in this complex. Sam immigrated to this country from Africa just a few years ago.  He has seen a lot in his 18 years.  He saw his home country torn apart by war and all the horrors that accompany it.  Sam lost his mother in the war and came to this country to live with family members who had immigrated earlier. His transition to this country has not been easy.  He has had a difficult time making connections with people in school.  His bashful nature and language barriers have made it difficult for him to make friends. Life in his home also has many challenges.  There’s not always food around and there is not money for other necessities.   

Sam started coming to the YRC because it’s a fun place to hang out, but it’s turned out to be much more for him. While here he plays basketball and pool but has also created very expressive artwork and has been involved in classes in our recording studio.  Sam is able to eat meals here and also take food home to his family.  We’re able to help him with clothing and hygiene items that otherwise he may not be able to have.  Sam has visited our clinic and has received needed medical care. The YRC staff are helping Sam get ready for living independently and have partnered with his school counselor to make sure he is receiving the resources he needs from school also.  He hopes to enter an independent living program once he graduates from High School this year.  Perhaps the best thing at the YRC for Sam is the relationships he’s building.  Sam has really bonded with some of the staff here but more importantly, he has made friends among the other youth that come to the YRC. Sam is the very picture of resiliency; it seems like the YRC was designed just to help a young man like him.  With your help we’ll be able to continue to help him and many other youth in our community.

Nov 28, 2011

One Homeless Night

Every night in Kansas City, 2,000 teens have no home to go to.  They’re sleeping on the street ~ in their car ~ on someone’s couch ~ or in a motel.  Wherever they are … it’s not home.

In November, Synergy sponsors an event called One Homeless Night that encourages teens across the city – teens who have a home – to spend one night outside.

We sponsor this event because we believe it’s important to understand the plight of a homeless teen and then to do something about it.  Your gift is supporting our work with homeless teens.  We have a Street Outreach Team who drives around at night looking for homeless teens, and offering them warmth, food, clothes, and someone to talk to.  We have Synergy House – a dorm-like building where teens can stay for a bit to get back on their feet.  We have the Youth Resiliency Center – an incredible building where teens can eat a meal, shower, wash their clothes and rest.

We wouldn’t have any of this without you.  Thank you so much for your support of Synergy Services; for understanding the plight of a homeless teen; and for doing something about it.

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Meghan Denney

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Parkville, MO United States

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