Town Gets $10,000 State Grant for Huntington Sanctuary Project, Serving At-Risk Youth

At-risk youth in Huntington ages 12-21 will benefit from hotline and other crisis-intervention services partially paid for with a $10,000 state grant.

Supervisor Chad A. Lupinacci thanked New York state Sen. John Flanagan for securing $10,000 in state aid to help support the Huntington Sanctuary Project, which is part of the town’s Youth Bureau and helps youths who run away or are at risk of running away from home.

“More at-risk kids will now be able to access much-needed services from the Sanctuary Project, which can produce life-changing results,” Lupinacci said.

“The Huntington Sanctuary Project is essential in providing young people in our area with much-needed assistance when they are at their most vulnerable and when they may have no one else to turn to,” Flanagan said. “I applaud the Huntington Youth Bureau and Supervisor Lupinacci for being there for these young men and women and am glad to help them continue their important mission with this program.”

As part of the town’s Youth Bureau, the Huntington Sanctuary Project provides crisis intervention, hotline services, individual, group, and family counseling, parenting groups, independent living programs and short-term emergency housing for at-risk youth in the town of Huntington.

The $10,000 in state aid will offset the cost of operating expenses such as program supplies, educational materials, and the hotline.

The Sanctuary Project has been serving youth since 1978. All services are free of charge, confidential, and open to Huntington township residents.

Other Huntingon Youth Bureau projects include Youth Court, a community-based prevention and intervention program run for youth by youth that offers an alternative to the regular juvenile justice system for first-time, juvenile misdemeanor offenders; Project Excel, which helps youth develop personal, social and academic competencies needed to excel in settings such as school, the community, home and the workplace with academic and job-related training that includes tutoring, GED classes, interviewing skills workshops and life skills training; and Tri-CYA, the Tri-Community and Youth Agency that supports the growth and development of youth and their families in Huntington, South Huntington and Cold Spring Harbor.

For additional information on programs and services offered by the Huntington Sanctuary Project, those interested can call (631) 271-2183. The Huntington Hotline is available 24/7 at (631) 549-8700.

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