Sleeping Outside For the Kids
Hi Family and Friends!
This month 5 young people moved into their new home at the SAY Finley Dream Center. Two of these young people are victims of sex trafficking - escaping a life of abuse and hopelessness. After just a week in her new home at SAY, Sarah told me that this was the first time she felt safe and that "means living in a place where I can lock my door and window at night for security." Imagine having that for the first time.
You all know me.
Despite the humorous stories of growing up in the country with a mother who gave me horrible hairstyles and coke-bottle glasses (love you mom!) and a mortician as a dad, I live a very blessed life. I never had to worry about where my next meal came from, I always had a warm bed (even if it wasn't Disney Princess themed) and violence was not anywhere near my bubble.
On December 7th I will be sleeping outside to advocate for the many kids who go to sleep without a home every night in Sonoma County. Between now and then, I am committed to fundraising for Social Advocates for Youth (SAY) and the thousands of youth and families they serve.
Did you know that youth under the age of 25 make up 24% of our homeless population in Sonoma County? Whether the burdens of homelessness come from a lifetime of poverty, the challenges of mental illness, or the threats of recurring abuse, the single most common finding is that youth who are self-sufficient have at least one stable relationship with a supportive adult. That’s where SAY steps in.
SAY’s services help homeless and disconnected youth stabilize their lives, find safe housing, explore their educational goals, and develop the skills to become contributing community and workforce members.
Today I ask you to help me support the work of SAY and give all youth the tools and skills they need to achieve self-sufficiency.
Please click the donate button on this page and join us in ensuring that the trauma of homelessness and disconnection loosens its grip on the deserving, at-risk youth struggling in our community.
On behalf of Sarah - and all the of the lives you will change with your gift - thank you!