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Our residents come to us from many different situations...
Many of our residents come to us from the streets having been "couch surfing", living in abandoned cars or under bridges and in baseball dugouts.  They have little clothing, usually no identification, and haven't had a full meal in days or weeks.  Homelessness exists in the Invisible homeless.

“Homelessness isn’t visible, so people think it’s not a problem here,” said Steve Darman, whose Mohawk Valley Homeless & Housing Assistance Coalition  will do another homeless census count in January. “Homeless people aren’t going to sit on Main Street. They want privacy, because privacy means security.”

People’s perception that a homeless person is likely a drug- or alcohol-addicted man also contributes to the idea that homelessness doesn’t exist here, Darman said. That’s a dangerous misconception, especially during difficult economic times when more and more groups are at risk of losing their homes, he said.

“We take some comfort (in the idea) that if you’re homeless, there must be something wrong with what you’re doing, because the idea that could happen to any of us — that fear is too great,” said Debra Hagenbuch, executive director of the Central New York Labor Agency.

John Bosco House takes special care to understand and address the unique needs of each of our residents to design custom solutions that exceed expectations.
Photos not of actual residents
  • Self-referrals from living on the streets
  • Aging out of foster care
  • Referrals from the legal system
  • Social Service agency referrals
  • Family Estranged situations
  • From the penal system only with minor offenses
  • Parental or other family member referrals
  • County Assistance referrals
  • Short-term shelter referrals