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On November 8, I will be spending the night outside with only a sleeping bag and a tarp as a demonstration to homeless youth that we as a community care about them, and that their needs matter. Tonight, and every night, 657 youth age 12 to 24 will sleep outside in Sonoma County. This figure reflects a 29% INCREASE in need since last year! As a Sonoma County mental health professional, my work puts me in contact with at-risk teenagers and young adults on an almost-daily basis, and I see how homelessness and trauma intertwine. Young people become homeless for many reasons: to escape physical/emotional/or sexual abuse; to leave a human-trafficking ring; or simply because 'home' is too small or too limited in resources to stay. Some people have aged out of the foster system, and are not yet self-sufficient. Some are fighting to get into the post-fire housing market, while going to school and working multiple jobs.
SAY's programs offer opportunities for our youth to meet crises with resilience and optimism, and to create better futures for themselves and those they love, providing housing, counseling, and career services to Sonoma County youth to build resiliency and self-sufficiency.
I have committed to raising money so that SAY can continue to offer these youth support, opportunities and hope to empower them to thrive and positively engage with our community. With your support, we can make a meaningful impact on our community and affect real change at a local level. Please help me reach my goal to #endyouthhomelessness by making a donation to my One Cold Night campaign. You can donate via my personal fundraising page by clicking the link personal page.
For the kids,