The Perch, located in downtown Vancouver Washington, is our drop-in center for youth ages 15 through 24 who are experiencing homelessness. Every weekday between 9:00 am and 3:30 pm, youth are welcomed into the cozy bungalow for a free meal, to use the computer, wash their clothes, take a shower, or just have a safe and warm place to spend the day.
For youth without stable housing, these services create a supportive environment and allow for consistency and stability in their lives. The drop-in center features a simple intake process and welcomes all youth experiencing housing insecurity, whether they are couch surfing or sleeping on the streets.
The employees and volunteers of The Perch are dedicated to building safe and trusting relationships with youth. When youth first arrive, they have access to donated food, clothes and other basic supplies but can also choose to receive expanded services including transportation to/from doctor’s appointments and bus passes for appointments, such as job interviews. Youth are invited to participate in a monthly house meeting to plan upcoming events and make community agreements about respecting the shared space.