Youth Emergency Shelter

The Pat O’Neal Youth Emergency Shelter (YES) is the only 24-hour emergency shelter in Tarrant County offering 24/7 safe shelter to runaway and homeless youth, and trafficking survivors, ages 10-17.  ACH works to reunite them with their families, or find safe and stable alternative living arrangements. The program provides outreach, education, advocacy, counseling, and case management services for foster care and community youth who are experiencing family crisis, family conflict, or homelessness.

Provides Care Through
  • Onsite education recovery program through Fort Worth ISD
  • Trauma informed individual therapy
  • Family Mediation Services for the main purpose of family reunification OR find positive alternative for the family
  • Community engagement through community service projects

Ace had a plan to come to Fort Worth and live with someone he had been chatting with online for months. After traveling 8 hours on a Greyhound bus from out of state, Ace arrived at the individual’s home, immediately felt unsafe, and left. With no family, friends, or any knowledge of Fort Worth, he took all the belongings he had and entered the local library. The library just happened to be a designated Safe Place site.

The library staff contacted the Safe Place team at ACH, where he was able to get an assessment before entering our Youth Emergency Shelter. After contacting his guardian, the Safe Place and shelter staff were able to safely return Ace home with his guardian. Without Safe Place, Ace could have easily turned into a human trafficking statistic.
Ace has been safely reunified with his family thanks to Safe Place and the Youth Emergency Shelter.

Suicide Prevention Hotline:

800.273.TALK (8255)

Report Child Abuse:

Texas: 1.800.252.5400

Nationwide: 1.800.4.A.CHILD

Youth Emergency Shelter

3712 Wichita St.
Fort Worth, TX 76119

Get Immediate Help

Call 817.335.HOPE (4673)



Answered 24 hours a day

Not an emergency services phone number. Call 911 for medical emergencies.


In Texas: 1.800.252.5400
Nationwide: 1.800.4.A.CHILD

Under $25,000

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