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LUK Partners with Living in Freedom Together and Our Fathers House to provide prevention and intervention services to youth experiencing housing insecurity.

The Central Massachusetts Outreach Network (C’MON), consisting of LUK, Inc., Living in Freedom Together (LIFT) and Our Father’s House (OFH), will work together in an effort to provide prevention and intervention services for runaway, homeless, and street youth in Worcester County. This programing seeks to provide services for youth who are less than 21 years of age and have been subjected to or are at risk of being subjected to sexual abuse, prostitution, sexual exploitation, and/or severe forms of trafficking in persons. LIFT has expertise in, and provides outreach and services for sex trafficking survivors, and OFH is an experienced street outreach provider.

The services provided will include prevention, outreach, provision of gateway services, screening and assessment, harm reduction, access to emergency shelter, crisis stabilization, service linkages, and follow-up. Maurie Bergeron, LUK’s Director of TIL Services, explains “The C’MON Street Outreach Program hopes to connect with 650 young people per year (1,950 over the three years of the project). Additionally, staff will also facilitate runaway and trafficking awareness and prevention presentations for 150 youth and providers each year.”

Services are provided in a context of positive youth development, trauma-informed care, evidence-informed practices, and social support and relationship capacity building. Kevin MacLean, Director of Homeless Services for OFH added, “OFH has outreach workers on the streets of North Central Mass 7-days a week and has established solid relationships with those providing services to homeless of all ages, including LUK. We look forward to our continued partnership with LUK while addressing the ever-present, but often hidden, youth homelessness issues.” Adding to McLean’s sentiments, LIFT CEO, Nicole Bell, remarked “LIFT is looking forward to strengthening our partnerships to ensure that prevention, intervention, and care are delivered to homeless, runaway, and street youth in Worcester County.   As we know these youth are extremely vulnerable to exploitation and trafficking and we hope to work together to ensure community partners have the bandwidth and expertise to serve this vulnerable and marginalized population of young people.  We are thrilled to work with LUK and other partners to better meet the needs of these young people and ensure they receive the compassionate care and support they deserve.”

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