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Spectrum Youth and Family Services
Type Non-Profit
Founded 1970 (Burlington, Vermont)
Headquarters Flag of Vermont.svg Burlington
Area served Chittenden County, Vermont
Industry Substance abuse

The Spectrum Youth and Family Services has been offering shelter and support services to at-risk and homeless youth since 1970.[1]The service is located in Burlington, Vermont.

There are a total of 28 beds in three shelters for homeless youths. A fourth site doubles as an emergency shelter but is designed as a drop-in center which offers youth ages 14-21 services, including education, employment, substance abuse and mental health counseling.[2] In 2009, they served 3,000 youths.[3]

In 2009, the National Network for Youth named the group "Agency of the Year."[3]


In 1970 a group of community members wanted to have a shelter that would house the growing number of at-risk youth who were running away from their foster homes. The Burlington Ecumenical Action Ministry (BEAM) teamed up with this group to found Shelter Action which later became known as Spectrum Youth and Family Services.[1]

Now-Senator Patrick Leahy, then the Vermont State’s Attorney, was one of Spectrum’s early board members.[1]


The service is run by a board of directors.


  1. ^ a b c [1]
  2. ^ [2] retrieved February 3, 2009
  3. ^ a b Spectrum named agency of the year. Burlington Free Press. February 3, 2009.  


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