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The Synergy Project, a street outreach program, is designed to help runaway, homeless, nomadic and street youth, age 24 and under, in Philadelphia, Lehigh Valley, Bucks County, Dauphin County, and Montgomery County.
The program offers survival supplies (food, clothes, hygienic products, sleeping bags, tents, tarps, etc.), peer support, informal counseling (individual, family, or group), information and referral services and assistance to get off the streets, if desired. Street Outreach coordinators spend most of their time in a Jeep, van, on a mountain bike, canoe or kayak, or walking to remote areas or on city streets reaching out to youth who tend to settle in places that are not easily accessible, assisting them to find permanent housing or making it safer for them to be on the streets.
The mission of the program is to meet the youth where they are – to go to them. Street outreach coordinators visit freight train yards, transportation stations, tent-cities and homeless camps offering assistance to the many youth who refuse to go to shelters.