STREET SMART is a street outreach program focused on helping adolescents and young adults between the ages of 13 and 21 who may be homeless, living in unsafe environments, or who have been or are at risk of being sexually abused or exploited. The program serves youth throughout Central and Northern New Jersey.
WHO WE ARE
STREET SMART reaches out to homeless youth throughout central and northern New Jersey. The program identifies vulnerable youth, meets their basic needs, and connects them with partner resources. Teams of outreach counselors offer assistance and services 24-hours a day and are also available in emergency situations.
WHO WE SERVE
Street Smart provides services to:
- Adolescents between the ages of 13-21 who may be homeless, runaway or living in unsafe environments.
- Youth who have been or are at risk of being sexually abused or exploited.
- Youth who have been or are at risk of being labor exploited.
Teams of two counselors canvas popular teen hangouts, such as fast-food restaurants, malls, convenience stores and parks. They also work with local schools, churches and police departments to identify teens who may be living on the streets.
WHAT WE DO
Street Smart counselors provide:
- Food, clothing and blankets
- Access to shelter
- Crisis intervention counseling
- Transportation to services
- Referrals to health care and social service agencies
- HIV/AIDS and safe sex information
- Crisis information
- Help obtaining vital documents
- Substance abuse education and information
- Help finding jobs and housing
STREET SMART is funded by the following companies and organizations who help make the work we do for vulnerable youth possible:
Dover Reading Circle
Ethicon, part of the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies
Hanover Rotary Club (formerly Whippany Rotary)
The Hyde and Watson Foundation
Randolph Kiwanis Club
Renaissance at Raritan Valley Women's Club (RRWVC)
Rotary Club of Morristown
United States Department of Health and Human Services
United Way of Northern New Jersey
Street Smart outreach counselors are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Several outreach counselors are Spanish speakers.
If you or someone you know is in an unsafe living situation, please contact us at one of our locations and ask for a Street Smart counselor. Visit the Street Smart website at www.streetsmartoutreach.org.
16 Fourth Avenue
Bridgewater, NJ 08807
Office: 908.526.6605, ext. 321/ext. 323
Erika Barrero, Outreach Worker; Kathleen Saunders, Aftercare Coordinator
175 Washington Street
Morristown, NJ 07960
Outreach and Prevention Director, Jennifer Amaya; Outreach Worker Jessica Revolorio