Many homeless youth lack supportive adults in their lives. The Pink Giraffe House’s Mentor Program seeks to foster positive relationships between caring adults and youth in our programs. Mentors offer guidance, a listening ear, and an experienced perspective on life. Mentors also help youth set attainable goals, map out plans to achieve those goals, and begin to successfully implement them. The approach is built around a trauma-informed care treatment model and a commitment to evidence-based practices. The Mentor serves as a role model and sounding board for the youth as he or she moves into independent living and adulthood.
The Pink Giraffe House is a safe haven for young victims of abuse, neglect or abandonment who need protection from immediate danger at home.
The Pink Giraffe House runs innovative programs that provide homeless youth the assistance, training and resources they need to make a successful re-integration into society.
TPGH has an outreach and engagement system designed to reduce barriers and encourage homeless kids living on the streets to come to TPGH to receive appropriate services. Our outreach team reaches young people mainly in the Montrose district and its surrounding areas, and provide kids living on the streets dry socks and underwear, snacks, beverages, bug spray, toiletries, referral services and emotional support.
Days are long when you have no place to call home or a safe place to hang out. Our Drop-In Center is a safe and comfortable place where homeless youth can “drop-in” and get basic need items. This includes food, toiletries, clothing, showers and laundry facilities. We help with homework, GED preparation, and resume writing. A variety of expressive arts and other group activities are offered at the Drop-In Center. We incorporate a TV/ play room for fun and relaxation. We provide family reunification services; telephone messages and mail service. We offer crisis shelter and psychological services. Our daytime drop-in center is a safe place to make meaningful relationships with caring adults. We provide a safe and trusting environment for our teens so they gain the confidence to begin the process of moving out of homelessness and onto the path of self-sufficiency.
Teens who live on the street lack the guidance and support so many of us take for granted. That’s why TPGH has a dedicated and trained team of case managers who provide consistent, personalized, and comprehensive case management services to our youth.
Our end goal is to help our teen clients achieve their individual goals – whether that means finishing their education, receiving work training, finding work, or securing affordable housing. Often, it’s all of the above.
The goal of our transitional housing program will be to provide a supportive path from the street to self-sufficiency in an environment of accountability. This residential program will provide the safety net and support youth need to reach their full potential. Youth will be expected to log 40 hours of productive work each week by attending school, counseling sessions, working, and/or volunteering. By expecting the youth to contribute to the daily operations of the House, they will be learning the skills of self-sufficiency.
The Pink Giraffe House is a non-profit organization dedicated to end youth homelessness in Houston. We equip and empower teens, young adults and their families with tools to achieve stability and life transformation.
The vision of The Pink Giraffe House is that all youth will have a safe and nurturing place to call home and a chance for a productive life.
We treat all people with dignity and respect.
We believe working compassionately with people enriches all.
We are inclusive and advocate for diversity.
We embrace opportunities to learn, grow and make wise choices.
We believe working in partnerships strengthens communities; we seek mutually-beneficial partnerships that advance a common mission.
Who We Serve
The Pink Giraffe House provides direct services in the Greater Houston Area to youth ages 10–18 and to their family members, regardless of their gender, sexual orientation/ identity/ expression, socio-economic background, race or faith.
Arts Program Coordinator
Stacey Laves Khalifa
Licensed Professional Counselor
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor
Drop-in Center Coordinator
Education Program Coordinator
Chief Barking Officer
Board of Directors
The Pink Giraffe House, Founder, CEO, MS, LCDC, CPC
Inge Duran, Ph.D
Photographer, Marie-Dominique Verdier Photography
Offshore Assets & Development, Total Oil & Gas
Ben Dominguez II
Attorney at Law, Law Offices of Ben Dominguez II, P.C.
Michael Yafi MD
Associate Professor And Director, Division Of Pediatric Endocrinology, UT Health Science Center at Houston
Realtor, Realm Real Estate
Senior Police Officer, Houston Police Department
The Pink Giraffe House Junior Board includes young professionals ages 18-35 that are passionate leaders in the fight to end youth homelessness in Houston. Members of the Junior Board act as ambassadors for TPGH by fundraising, becoming involved in TPGH services and engaging other young professionals to make a difference.
Student, University of Texas, McCombs School of Business
Geologist, EnerVest, Ltd
Accountant, Health & Human Services Commission