DreamCatcher Emergency Youth Shelter and Support Center for homeless and runaway youth ages 13-18

Hours of Service

The Shelter Hours:
7PM-8AM Monday through Friday
and 7PM-10AM Saturday and Sunday.

The Support Center Hours:
2-7PM Monday through Thursday
and 2-5PM on Friday.

Shelter and Support Services

Shelter and Support Servcies for homeless, runaway and at-risk youth ages 13-18. Provides lunch & supper, laundry, case management/crisis counseling, health education workshops, health clinic, HIV & STD testing & counseling, contraceptives, academic tutoring, computer training, job skills training, art & recreation activities, peer support, hygiene supplies, family mediation, outreach, transportation/bus passes and a safe place for youth to learn, relax, create a make connections.

For additional services, please contact the NATIONAL RUNAWAY SWITCHBOARD (NRS).
The National Runaway Switchboard, established in 1971, serves as the federally-designated national communication system for homeless and runaway youth.  Recognized as the oldest hotline of its kind in the world, NRS, with the support of more than 150 volunteers, handles an average of 100,000 calls annually – more than 3 million calls since the organization’s inception.  NRS provides crisis intervention, referrals to local resources, and education and prevention services to youth, families and community members throughout the country 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  Over 13,000 youth have been reunited with their families through the NRS Home Free program done in collaboration with Greyhound Lines, Inc.  The NRS crisis hotline is 1-800-RUNAWAY.  For more information, visit www.1800RUNAWAY.org.


Youth may stay in the shelter if between the ages of 13-17 (or 18 if Enrolled in school). Youth may only stay 24 hours if in the foster care/probation system. DreamCatcher cannot take pregnant teens beyond the six month period.

Intake Procedure

call 1-800-379-1114


All services are free.

Wish List

Hygiene supplies, underwear, socks, phone cards, movie passes & store (Old Navy, Target, Gap, Tower Records etc.) gift certificates.

Funding Sources

RHY Basic Center Federal Funding, Oakland Fund for Children and Youth, FEMA, The California Endowment and The California Wellness Foundation.

Ongoing Calendar of Events

updated monthly

Amba Johnson

Program Director



2325 Clement Avenue

Alameda, CA 94501

Telephone: 6296311


Telephone: 839-0929


Support Center

422 Jefferson Street

Oakland, CA

Telephone: 839-1559