Interface Youth Program Shelters

Interface Youth Program Shelters
Interface Shelters are always open to help you!  You can stop in or call at any time.  A counselor or youth care worker will assist you with any problems you may be having.  Whether you need a safe place to stay or just someone to talk to, Interface can help.

Interface Youth Shelters are located in three cities, but serve any youth in North Central Florida.  The CDS service area includes these counties: Alachua, Bradford, Columbia, Dixie, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Lafayette, Levy, Putnam, Suwannee, and Union Counties.  Additionally, Independent Living program serves youth living in Baker and Taylor Counties.  But anyone under the age of 18 asking for help can be assisted with referrals and counseling.

The Interface residential program is voluntary for youth age 10-17.  Youth stay in the shelter for a night or two in emergency situations or can stay 3-5 weeks to work on developing skills needed for success in the future.  Occasionally, youth stay longer if necessary.  Some residents are homeless or have run away from home.  Some have issues related to cutting school or belligerent behaviors.  Others just need a break from parents or caregivers.   Shelter residents work with counselors to determine an appropriate long-term living arrangement for them when they leave the shelter.

Youth in the shelters attend school during the day.   Each shelter has a girls’ dormitory and a boys’ dormitory.  Maximum shelter capacity is between 12 and 20 individuals.  All meals, bedding, and toiletry items are supplied.  Youth can bring their clothing but can also utilize clothing at the shelter if needed.  There is no charge to stay at Interface.  For more information about the residential program, please contact the nearest shelter.

Interface Youth Shelter, Central
1400 NW 29th Road
Gainesville, FL 32605
(352) 244-0618

Interface Youth Shelter, East
2919 Kennedy Street
Palatka, FL 32177
(386) 385-0405

Interface Youth Shelter, Northwest
1885 SW Grandview Street
Lake City, FL 32025
(386) 487-0190

Toll-Free Phone Number:  (800) 854-5377

Interface  – Family Action Counseling

Sometimes youth with a safe place to live have the same kinds of problems that youth in our residential program have.  These include thinking about or threatening to run away, cutting school, ungovernable or belligerent behaviors, and difficulty getting along.  Family Action counselors work with youth to help them with their problems and also work with their parents or caregivers and siblings to create a better living situation for everyone involved.  Family Action counselors can meet with youth at school, home, or other location if going to the shelter is not convenient.  There is no charge for these counseling services.

Interface – Truancy Center

Alachua County students who are delinquent or suspended from school can spend their days at Interface Central in Gainesville.  Police officers sometimes take truant students found during the day to Interface.    Parents of suspended students may also arrange to keep their children at Interface as they serve out their term of suspension.   The Interface Life Skills teacher works with these students during the time they should have been at school.   For more information about this free service, please contact:

Interface Youth Shelter, Central
1400 NW 29th Road
Gainesville, FL 32605
(352) 244-0618

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