Dylan Tipps is the Connections Host Home Specialist at Cocoon House and is helping to launch an innovative, community-based approach to providing short-term, temporary housing to teens facing homelessness. The Connections Host Home Program partners with Snohomish County volunteers to provide support, encouragement, and a welcoming space for youth. Before working with the Connections program, Dylan was the Program Manager of Cocoon House’s emergency youth shelter in Monroe, and prior to that served as an Officer in the United States Marine Corps.
A summary of our presentation:
Our presentation will discuss how the Snohomish County community can make an impact supporting teens facing homelessness and how the host home model achieves this goal. We’ll also talk about how to become a host home within your community and who the youth are that this program supports.
Cocoon House has built, innovated, and adapted programs to benefit homeless, at-risk, and disconnected young people in Snohomish County. Opening in 1991 as an 8-bed emergency shelter, Cocoon House quickly grew to include long-term housing, street outreach, and a nationally recognized prevention program that focuses on parents building their family management skills. These programs work together to address teen homelessness from all angles ensuring the best possible outcomes for young people as they transition into more successful futures.
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