George Gervin Basic Center

George Gervin Basic Center

The Basic Center Program (BC) works to establish or strengthen community-based programs that meet the immediate needs of runaway and homeless youth and their families.  It is funded by the Family & Youth Services Bureau (FYSB).

The BC Program will provide 21 days of shelter.  This program services youth up to age 12 to 17 years of age providing emergency shelter, food, clothing, counseling and referrals for health care. The BC seeks to reunite young people with their families, whenever possible, or to locate appropriate alternative placements.

When accepting youth for services, the program considers the individual needs of each youth and how we can best meet their needs. The BC Program receives referrals from schools, social services, churches, courts, juvenile probation departments, parents and guardians, and other child placing agencies.

The program provides the following below:


  • Food, clothing, medical care and other services that youth need (offered either directly or by referral)
  • Trauma-informed individual, group and family counseling
  • Recreation programs
  • Outreach to youth who may need assistance as well as to public and private agencies that work with youth and families
  • Education
  • Aftercare services for youth after they leave the shelter


If you are in need of immediate assistance the National Runaway Safeline is available 24/7/365.

“We gain strength and courage and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face. We must do that which we think we cannot.”

-Eleanor Roosevelt