Basic Center Program

Implements positive alternatives for runaway, homeless and street youth by improving their immediate and ongoing safety, well-being, self-sufficiency and permanent connections. TYFS'  Basic Center Program focuses around a Comprehensive Youth Services Model and provides a full continuum of services including a 24-hour crisis line; gateway services; crisis intervention services; assessment; coordinated case management; individual,  and family counseling; emergency temporary shelter via Host Homes and safe alternative placements; and after-care services. TYFS integrates positive youth development and preventative services strategies into our culture of care by embracing harm-reduction and trauma-informed approaches in order to assist runaway, homeless and street youth in achieving safe, stable living arrangements and self-sufficiency. 

Drop-In Centers
Located in South Lake Tahoe and Gardnerville (In the Ranchos) Nevada, the Drop-In Centers provide a safe, non-judgmental, welcoming environment for runaway, homeless and street youth a respite from the dangers of the street and to get their most basic needs met.

We provide:

  • Emergency Shelter for youth up to the age of 18
  • Food
  • Clothing
  • Hygiene supplies
  • Socks
  • Showers 
  • Laundry
  • Birth Certificates
  • State ID's
  • Sleeping Bags
  • Tents
  • Help to obtain employment
  • Help with college and vocational training


Gardnerville Drop-In Center: 1307 Langley Rd Unit 1 Gardnerville, NV 89460

South Lake Tahoe Drop-In Center: 1021 Fremont Ave South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150


“Get Recharged, Get Resources, Get Respect”

Offering basic necessities for runaway, homeless, street youth ages 12-18.


Call for current hours: 530.541.2445/ 775.782.4202

our mission: To promote the healthy development of children, families, and individuals through counseling, mentoring and support programs.