Respite to Help Families Reconnect

November 1, 2021

The pandemic has created new challenges and stressors for many youth and their families. Youth who have otherwise been able to handle challenges or conflict through traditional outlets now seem to struggle with what to do and how to navigate. At times, it feels necessary for youth to step away from their home and their family to be in an environment that offers stability, comfort, and support from adults who may be more objective than family members.

Arbor House is Green Chimneys’ short-term residence providing therapeutic support services to youth ages 12-17 and their families in times of stress or crisis. Most often, we see that a brief respite with a focus on reinforcing communication skills and active listening is what a family needs. We give adolescents and families the opportunity to assess their needs and then provide support through psychoeducation and other therapeutic services, all free of charge. Youth also have access to activity programs and peer groups while at Arbor House, and once they return home.

As part of Green Chimneys’ Community-Based Services, Arbor House staff also provide outreach and education to schools, mental health organizations, and families in the community to build awareness of programs and services to support positive youth development. The team also provides information on important topics, such as trafficking, substance abuse, and suicide prevention.

Immediate Help

For youth and families with urgent needs, a 24-hour hotline provides immediate access to services and confidential support. For more information, call the crisis hotline at 845.279.2588 or visit the:

Crisis Support webpage

November is National Runaway Youth Prevention month.

Join Green Chimneys in supporting youth and families in the greater Putnam County community. Please share this flyer with your neighbors, local school officials, teachers, coaches, counselors, and friends.

Safe Spaces Flyer