Noah’s Anchorage Youth Runaway & Crisis Shelter will hold a community open house, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, inviting people to explore its facility, meet staff members, and learn how the shelter is impacting the lives of local youth who are facing challenges like housing insecurity and personal crisis.

The event, at 301 W. Figueroa St., Santa Barbara, will include a tour of the shelter’s recently updated facility, made possible by the Whimsie Fund. Guests also can talk with the staff team, learn about the services Noah’s Anchorage offers, and hear about how the Channel Islands YMCA Noah’s Anchorage is improving lives of local youth.

Noah’s Anchorage Youth Runaway & Crisis Shelter has been providing a safe haven for at-risk youth for some 20 years, thanks to the support of the community.

Noah’s Anchorage is a Community Care Licensed Youth Homelessness Prevention Center for youth ages 12-17 who are homeless, at risk of homelessness, have run away, or are in an unsafe situation.

All youth who come to Noah’s have access to healthy meals, warm showers and hygiene supplies, clothing, and a supportive adult. Both residential and non-residential services are intended to support physical, educational, and social-emotional well-being.

For more, email Amber Stevens at