Serving South Bay Youth

August 8, 2016

Edgewood Opens Second Drop-in Center

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Summer is a busy time of year for many freshly graduated teens and young adults who are looking for jobs, housing, and other rites of adulthood that lead to independence and self-sufficiency. That transition to adulthood is a complicated process for anyone, but it’s a particularly challenging time for young adults who are struggling with mental illness while navigating the day-to-day challenges that are thrown their way.

In 2007, Edgewood Center for Children and Families opened a program in San Mateo County known as the Drop-in Center which provides services and resources including hot meals, hygiene supplies, bus tokens, Internet and phone access, and clothes to emerging adults between the ages of 18-25. These youth often have been impacted by substance abuse, homelessness, violence, and/or mental illness and are in need of services that help them navigate the difficult transition to adulthood.

“The Center’s regularly scheduled programming includes recreational opportunities, community meetings, social nights, vocational and independent living skills workshops, and supported educational activities through local community college/educational programs,” explained Susan Howe, Director of Transitional Age Youth Services at Edgewood Center for Children and Families. “What is unique about our Drop-in Center model is the Peer Partner role. Peer Partners are of similar age and can relate to many of the life experiences these individuals are going through. The Peer Partners are their mentors and program group facilitators - they are their trusted lifeline.”

The Drop-in Center in San Bruno was developed as a model program for San Mateo County. Unfortunately, many youth living on the peninsula in San Mateo, Redwood City, San Carlos, Belmont and East Palo Alto who are in need of these services but cannot get to them due to lack of transportation, is growing. To address the growing need, in August, Edgewood will open a second Drop-in Center in Redwood City that will serve young adults living in the southern part of the county.

The San Bruno Drop-in Center is open Monday through Friday from 3-8pm and all services are free and open to any emerging adult between the ages of 18 to 25. Individuals do not need to be receiving services through Edgewood or any other program to access the Drop-in Center; the program is available to all. Location: 931 San Bruno Ave., Suite 1, in San Bruno.

The Redwood City Drop-in Center will have a soft opening in mid-August and be fully operational by the end of the month. It will also be open Monday-Friday from 3-8pm, and all services are free to any emerging adult between the ages of 18 to 25. Location: 604 Price Avenue in Redwood City.


  • Drop-in Centers, sites in which youth can rest and receive food or shower, offer a promising first step towards engaging homeless youth into more intensive services that lead to reintegration (Health Services Research.)
  • By 2020, emerging adults will represent more than 1 out of 5 adults in the USA.
  • Transition Age Youth with mental Illness are four times less likely to be engaged in any gainful activities including employment, enrollment in college, or vocational program (MHA-NY.)

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