JOSHUA HOME: An LGBTQ Safe Haven * NEED TO TALK TO SOMEONE? SUICIDE PREVENTION HOTLINE 800-273-TALK (8255)
San Bernardino and Riverside Counties
Joshua Home was founded to create permanent Gender-Inclusive housing solutions and opportunities, supportive services, and programs for Homeless LGBTQ+ Youth in the Inland Empire of Southern CA.
JH Safe Haven is at the forefront of residential care for LGBT+ Youth. Creating permanent gender-inclusive housing solutions and opportunities, supportive services, and programs for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, and more youth who are unaccompanied and homeless, in mainstream foster or group homes, or in the foster care or juvenile justice systems in San Bernardino and Riverside Counties.
Some of these youth have literally been thrown out onto the streets by their families, shunned by their faiths, and more than likely abused in some way because of who they are.
You may see them sleeping in the streets, staying at friends' houses (Sofa Surfing), hooking up with strangers (trading sex for food, a place to stay, etc.), or medicating (drugs/alcohol) themselves in order to deal with life... hopeless and alone.
At Joshua Home, we are committed to providing an atmosphere of acceptance, empowerment, safety, stability, inspiration, and excellence in a loving home environment.
There are approximately 2,000,000 homeless youth in America, of that number more than 40% of these youth identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender or Questioning their sexuality (2009 report).
Once homeless, LGBTQ youth are at higher risk for victimization and suffer higher incidents of mental health problems and unsafe sexual behavior than straight homeless youth. They experience an average of 7.4 more acts of sexual violence and are more likely to attempt suicide (62%) than their heterosexual homeless peers (29%).
"The evidence of LGBT+ youth homelessness can be seen in almost every neighborhood in America. I call it, 'The Silent Epidemic' because many people are unwilling to acknowledge that it is a fact and that it is happening in their own community. Those who do acknowledge it, rarely talk about it. We are not only speaking up for these children and young people, but we are also doing something to end LGBT+ youth homelessness by educating and encouraging others to join us in providing quality, permanent homes for these youth. " -Annette Patterson, Founder/CEO