Metamorphosis Project

 

The Metamorphosis Project is the OUTMemphis response to LGBTQ+ youth homelessness in Memphis. This project has been evolving for years and has multiple pieces that work simultaneously to address the various needs of young LGBTQ+ people without stable housing and resources.

 

The Project

The focus of the project will be our new Youth Emergency Center. The facility will host Memphis’ only youth drop in center as well as the city’s only LGBTQ youth-specific emergency shelter. The building will serve as the hub for our Youth Emergency Services (YES) Program, which has provided food, clothes, hygiene supplies, and many other services for years. The Transitional Housing and the Rapid Re-Housing components will help us achieve our ultimate goal: providing clients a bridge to move from needing emergency shelter to living independently.

This project is the culmination of all the emergency services that we offer, and will finally allow us the space to provide support to one of our most vulnerable populations; LGBTQ 18-24 year olds living on the streets.

The Need

The focus of the project will be our new Youth Emergency Center. The facility will host Memphis’ only youth drop in center as well as the city’s only LGBTQ youth-specific emergency shelter. The building will serve as the hub for our Youth Emergency Services (YES) Program, which has provided food, clothes, hygiene supplies, and many other services for years. The Transitional Housing and the Rapid Re-Housing components will help us achieve our ultimate goal: providing clients a bridge to move from needing emergency shelter to living independently.

This project is the culmination of all the emergency services that we offer, and will finally allow us the space to provide support to one of our most vulnerable populations; LGBTQ 18-24 year olds living on the streets.

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Approximate % of youth that identify as LGBTQ on the street nationwide

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Approximate % of individuals that identify as LGBTQ in the general population

The Services

Youth Emergency Services (YES)

The goal of the YES Program is to assist LGBTQ+ young people who are experiencing homelessness or who are at risk of becoming homeless, move towards independence by providing the necessary resources.

Youth Emergency Services (YES) Program

Emergency services for 18-24 year old LGBTQ youth includes:

  • Food
  • Clothes
  • Hygiene supplies
  • Case management
  • Transportation Assistance
  • and more!

What we have done: 150 youth served since 2017 with food, hygiene, transportation, and clothing.

How you can help:

As of March 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are no longer accepting clothing donations, unless they are newly ordered from our wish list. Please direct donations toward Manna House as they have been instrumental in helping us move this project forward.

Items that we are currently accepting can be found here!

For more information or to enroll please contact [email protected].

Transitional Housing (TH)
  • Temporary housing assistance for 18–24 year-olds LGBTQ+ youth experiencing homelessness
  • Shared housing in a 3-bedroom home in North Memphis
  • Services include case management and all services of the YES program

Submit a housing request.

For more information or to enroll, please contact [email protected].

What we have done: We have provided 5 youth with stable shelter since May of 2020, one of whom has moved into our RRH program.

How you can help:

We are currently looking for new or gently used home furnishings, that are not made off cloth/leather, including kitchen and home décor items.

For a list of items, we are currently looking for, click here!

Submit a housing request form.

For more information or to enroll please contact [email protected].

Rapid Re-Housing (RRH)
  • Temporary housing assistance for 18–24-year-old LGBTQ+ youth experiencing homelessness
  • Independent 1-bedroom apartments in various sections of Memphis
  • Services include case management and all services of the YES program

Submit a housing request form.

What we have done: 26 youth housed since 2017, many of whom have moved onto independent living, both in Memphis and in other areas of the country.

How you can help:

We are currently looking for new or gently used home furnishings, that are not made off cloth/leather, including kitchen and home décor items.

For a list of items we are currently looking for, click here!

For more information or to enroll, please contact [email protected]

Youth Emergency Center (YEC)

The Youth Emergency Center, located at 2055 Southern Avenue, will open operations in early 2021.  An overnight, emergency shelter for LGBTQ+ youth 18-24 and a drop-in center for anyone under the age of 24, the YEC will provide a kitchen, computer lab, laundry room, showers, food, hygiene supplies as well as case management and diversion to other as-needed providers. The shelter will be the main site for The Metamorphosis Project, which also includes Rapid Re-Housing, our program providing 100% of rental assistance for one year to LGBTQ+ youth 18-24, which began in 2017. The Metamorphosis Project is made possible by the Assisi Foundation of Memphis and the Plough Foundation, as well as the Mystic Krewe of Pegasus, Friends of George’s, and Manna House.

 

Youth Development

LifeSKills workshops are offered To provide LGBTQ+ youth who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless a flexible path to improved career readiness and an opportunity to enhance life skills needed to maintain stability as an independent adult.

Sign-up: [email protected]

Life skills types

Health

Adulting

Employment

Cooking

Car Maintenance

Housing

Economics

Cooking

Interpersonal Skills

Goal Explorations

Mentorships

Educational Opportunities

PowerON Program

OUTMemphis has partnered with PowerOn to provide new cell phones and laptops to help participants be successful and safe in their careers, education, and goals. Provision of this technology is targeted to LGBTQ+ youth 18-24 who need it most. This process will help build connection with OUTMemphis as well as leadership skills for those participating. The used technology is refurbished, loaded with helpful lifesaving information and resources, and redistributed to LGBTQ+ centers, youth shelters, and individuals who need it most. By providing laptops and smartphones, LGBTQ+ young people and centers are able to stay connected with vital services, supportive communities, friends, and family.

For more information or to enroll please contact [email protected]

Groups
Coming soon!
Job Fair

The Metamorphosis Project’s goal is to ensure that participants are able to thrive as independent adults upon their exit from the Project. To achieve this, the Metamorphosis Project sponsors job fairs on a regular basis to connect participants with employers who will offer stability and long-term employment for LGBTQ+ youth.

Sign up as an employer.

Sign up as a youth participant.

Frequently Asked Questions

What if a young adult is under the age of 18?
If you are under 18 years old and are experiencing homelessness, there are resources out there for you! The services offered at OUTMemphis for youth experiencing homelessness are for 18 and older but many of our partner agencies provide runaway beds and resources to serve unaccompanied minors.

Youth Villages participates in Project Safe Space and has a house with runaway beds on Poplar ave. Please contact them for more information.

Porter Leath also has runaway beds and also has a hotline number that you can call-(901) 573-8016

If you are confused about where to go or need assistance contacting one of these agencies, contact Stephanie Bell or Stephanie Reyes and we will provide as much assistance with connecting you to services as we can.

Who is eligible for the Metamorphosis Project Services?
  • The Youth Emergency Services Program is for young adults who:

    • Are between the ages of 18 & 24
    • Identify as LGBTQ

    Please note: You do not need to be experiencing homelessness to receive services. 


    The Rapid Re-Housing Program is for young adults who:

    • Are between the ages of 18 & 24
    • Are literally homeless (You slept on the street, in a car, in an abandoned building, etc, the night before. This can also include couch surfing, which is when you stay with various friends/family because you have nowhere else to go)
    • Identify as LGBTQ

    If you have any questions about these requirements please contact Stephanie Bell or Stephanie Reyes .

Do you have to pay for services?
All services offered at OUTMemphis are free

Donation Center

Our Donation Center, located at 832 Virginia Run Cove, near the intersection of Summer Avenue and I-240, is now home to our new and expanded Donation Center. We will soon be open for donations of any size, at any time during business hours, of furniture, home goods, clothing, hygiene supplies, and food.

Sign up for an item donation.

 

What we are accepting:

  • Mattress
  • box springs
  • bedframes
  • food
  • hygiene products
  • bottled water
  • canned goods
  • backpacks
  • sleeping bags
  • air matresses

In Constant Demand:

Household items:

  • Trash bags
  • Mops
  • Brooms
  • Sponges
  • Dishwashing liquid
  • Silverware
  • New Men’s and Women’s underwear
  • New bras
  • New socks

 

Food items:

  • Vienna Sausages
  • Tuna pouches
  • Chicken pouches
  • Peanut butter
  • Ramen Noodles
  • Microwaveable non-parishable food
  • Granola bars
  • Bottled water
  • Juice boxes/pouches

Spotlight on Metamorphosis

Sponsors

This project has been fortunate to have many supporters, big and small. We truly appreciate the many, many people who have contributed in various ways over the years.

IKEA

We are so incredibly thankful for IKEA and the donation they made to help furnish 10 apartments in our Rapid Re-Housing program in 2017! Our program participants enjoyed picking up their new furniture and putting it together in their new apartments. Thank you, IKEA, for helping our young people feel more comfortable in their new spaces!

Mystic Krewe of Pegasus

The Metamorphosis Project was selected as Mystic Krewe of Pegasus 2017 Charity of the year! Mystic Krewe worked incredibly hard all year to host numerous events and fundraisers dedicated to making this project happen. In early 2018 Mystic Krewe awarded OUTMemphis with a $50,000 check for the Metamorphosis Project. We are so thankful for all of the members of Mystic Krewe of Pegasus and the donation they made to help us move closer to providing housing resources to LGBTQ youth in Memphis.

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