Welcome to OUTreach Utah
OUTreach Utah is a non-profit collection of youth services dedicated to transforming communities and saving lives through social support groups, community advocacy, and training designed to promote positive outcomes for underserved populations.a
Since our beginning in 2005, Outreach Utah has been focused on helping youth. The wonderful people of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Ogden took notice of the incredible amount of rejected and often homeless LGBTQ youth and they took action. It was this action that grew into Ogden OUTreach.
Since then, Ogden Outreach has expanded to become the Outreach Utah. We now offer services in Davis, Weber, and Cache counties, addressing the needs of underserved youth at three levels:
At the community level, we offer ally and advocate training to groups who work with and support youth, and hold events to educate the public.
Intervention (Social Support Groups):
At the intervention level, our social support groups offer a safe place for youth to develop friendships, increase their self-efficacy, and provide them with knowledge and skills needed to become self-sufficient, healthy LGBTQ and allied adults.
Crisis Response and Referral:
Crisis response for underserved youth in Utah who are homeless, suicidal, or have been victimized, have lacked until now because of legal barriers, and insufficient resources. These barriers are being addressed now in ways they have not previously, and our ability to help youth in crisis is growing. After a careful evaluation of the Safe and Sound Host Home Program, we have decided to make key changes to the housing services model. This change reflects both our desire to reach more youth in need and recent changes in Utah law regarding sheltering youth overnight. Through collaboration with the Utah Domestic Violence Coalition and several other local partners, OUTreach is working toward creating a 24-hour line for youth who are suicidal or experiencing housing or family crisis, and a system for transporting youth to safe sanctuaries. In addition, due to recent legal changes that we helped push, it is now possible to establish youth shelters in Utah. Youth Futures and the Volunteers of America are examples of shelters to which we refer.