Youth Residences

FSW owns and operates youth residences in White Plains, one for boys and one for girls. The 8-bed Jerome Wagner Youth Residence for Boys and the 9-bed Evelyn Sachs Steiner Residence for Girls are places of safety and support for adolescent boys and girls, ages 13 to 21, who cannot or should not remain within their family homes.

These residences provide support for teens in crisis and give youth a safe and nurturing environment in which to live while they are completing their schooling.

In these homes, with the support of a house manager, tutoring, and a full range of supportive services, these youths are able to benefit from what other children have in their natural homes: caring environments that enable them to learn and grow and safe havens that provide guidelines for interaction with peers, teachers, employers and the community at large.

Structured support and supervision

House managers provide structured, day-to-day support and supervision, while social workers manage individualized plans of care for each youth. A range of other services, including tutoring, career planning and training in life skills, is also available.

Residents are encouraged to participate in extra-curricular activities at least two nights each week in addition to scheduled group activities. Some residents work part-time, while others enjoy karate, bowling, swimming and team sports at their schools, place of worships, community centers or as part of FSW’s Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring program.

Young woman sitting in her bedroom doing her homework

Former resident DaJanei Mason (featured HERE in our 2016 video) went on to college, where she studied Psychology to help other children like herself.

All residents are assigned chores. They are expected to keep their own rooms clean and participate in the cleaning of the communal rooms. They are responsible for doing dishes, taking out the garbage and washing their own clothing, sheets and towels.


Referrals are accepted from the Department of Social Services, the Department of Probation, other residential programs, Family Court, and the Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS).

Each resident’s length of stay is dependent upon his or her individual treatment plan, which is reviewed internally every six months and approved annually by Family Court.

Contact Information:

Sharifa Armorer, ND LCSW-R, Vice President, Community Based Services & Program Operations
(914) 738-1728 Ext. 27

Group of youth play basketball with Isiah Thomas

FSW Youth Residence kids join youth from Children’s Village for a holiday basketball clinic featuring NBA great Isiah Thomas.

Kaeka McCune, Social Worker
(914) 312-1543

Monique Young, Social Worker
(914) 708-9757