On any given night in Greater Kansas City there are 2,000 “unattached” teens living on the streets, sleeping in cars, or “couch surfing” with friends because they do not have a safe place to live. Many are abused and neglected kids who have run away from home or been thrown out by their family.
Synergy helps these young people, and others experiencing family crisis, through a wide range of programs and services that help build resiliency and provide the necessary tools to heal and grow into healthy, productive adults.
Since 1971, Synergy has been providing emergency shelter and support services for young people in crisis. We also try to prevent crisis situations by helping families that are overwhelmed by serious problems such as youth with substance abuse problems or mental health disorders. For longer term housing needs, Synergy's Transitional Living Program and new Permanent Housing Program strives to support teens in achieving self-sufficiency.
Good Physical & Mental Health
Good physical and metal health is the foundation of living well. The Teen Clinic at Synergy's Youth Resiliency Center is dedicated to providing young people, aged 12-18, with the highest quality medical, dental and mental healthcare available in Kansas City. Services are provided through an unique collaboration of Children's Mercy Hospital, Miles of Smiles and therapists from Synergy's family care team. No one is refused services for inability to pay.
Healing & Growth
High quality programs and services at Synergy's Youth Resiliency Center give young people the opportunity for self-expression, new experiences and the sense of belonging that are critical to healthy development.
Street Outreach & Access
For many youth, the journey to our shelter and other services begins with the recognition of the Safe Place logo at a community site or through a connection with our Street Outreach team. Synergy's violence prevention specialists also reach out to students throughout the metro with STOP Violence programs that focus on overcoming bullying and teen dating violence.