Open Inn is a community based non-profit organization that has provided shelter and crisis intervention services for homeless, runaway and at-risk youth and their families since the agency’s inception in 1974. From its Tucson hub, Open Inn has developed programs for runaway and homeless youth in rural communities in Northern and Southern Arizona, which would otherwise not be served. Open Inn serves more than 11,000 individuals per year in shelter care, supervised transitional living, scattered site apartment, Life Skills training, community assessment and truancy and outreach services

For more than three decades, the agency’s mission has been centered on responding to the needs of youth by providing temporary and transitional shelter, case management and life skills training. Open Inn is a recognized leader in developing innovative programming to serve youth and their families.

Since 1988 Open Inn has been at the forefront of innovative programming when a community need arises. Open Inn is a premiere provider of Life Skills Training to Arizona’s youth and young adults. In response to the growing need for additional support and training, Open Inn opened the doors of the Transitional Apartment Living Program for 16-18 year olds in 1989. This program has provided housing and support services to hundreds of youth since opening nearly two decades ago. Open Inn has continued to strengthen and expand the Independent Living Services as the demand for out of home placements for homeless young adults has increased.

Today, Open Inn provides a full continuum of independent living services in seven of fifteen Arizona counties. Included in these services are street outreach programs, four transitional apartment living programs, six scattered site independent living programs and life skills training for all programs. Open Inn has built strong, collaborative relationships with community agencies offering clients enrolled in Independent Living programs access to counseling, educational/vocational training, and employment training.

Open Inn is committed to responding to the needs of the communities it serves. Open Inn recognizes the diversity of the populations it serves and in order to provide culturally competent services employs culturally and ethnically diverse staff. In addition, Open Inn maintains cooperative linkages with local, county, state and national networks addressing issues of youth and families.

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