Metamorphosis Project


The Metamorphosis Project is our nationally-recognized program for youth 18-24 year olds facing homelessness and instability. Barriers to safety in the region far outpace the national landscape. LGBTQ+ youth facing family conflict, domestic abuse, and other intersectional factors must cope with limited friendly resources. Forged in 2017, our community-driven team has housed more than 150 young adults.


The Youth Emergency Center will be recruiting volunteers to work our front desk, prep and serve meals, join us for overnight shifts, and sorting materials in our Donation Center. We are particularly interested in volunteer groups or businesses who are willing to commit to multiple days of helping with dinner. 

Find Support

We provide emergency shelter onsite at the YEC for those 18-24 and can help you get connected to permanent or rapid re-housing. 16 and 17 year olds can take advantage of our drop-in services and get connected to DCS. Contact us for through the intake form below or call (901) 627-7594. Drop-in hours (16-24) are 2pm – 8pm, M – F, 2055 Southern Avenue.


The Project is powered by our community and people like you! Every young adult who comes through our program is served by the many individuals and organizations who support us. Make a gift today or find our in-kind wish list.


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Seeking Housing or Emergency Support?

Call 901-672-7594 or email Stephanie Bell.

Our Drop-in hours at 2055 Southern Avenue are from 2 pm-8 pm, Monday-Friday. 

 Youth Emergency Center

 The Services 

Emergency Housing

We provide immediate housing for up to 30 nights depending on capacity.

Rapid Rehousing

We provide up to 2 years of full rental assistance and case management in your own, independent apartment.

Youth Emergency Center

Our Drop-in Center and overnight dorms are open at 2055 Southern Avenue. Come by for meals, laundry, showers, computer access, and our beautiful lounge space. 18-24-year-olds only.

Case Management

Our staff team knows our community because we’ve lived these journeys, too. Connect with us to find transportation, mental health, career support, and all the basics, too.


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-perishable food
  • Granola bars
  • Bottled water
  • Juice boxes/pouches

Major Supporters

We Are Here
Come join our movement. And if you need help today, find that here.

Stephanie Bell

Stephanie Bell

Director of The Metamorphosis Project

Kiya Black

Kiya Black

Metamorphosis Project Case Manager

Stephanie Reyes

Stephanie Reyes

Deputy Director