Troy Niday - Social Advocacy for Youth Board Member
Let's Shelter the Unsheltered
Right now there are 515 youth experiencing homelessness each night in Sonoma County, one of the highest rates per capita in the United States. For those ages 18-24, 88% percent are unsheltered and will sleep on the streets tonight.
Let that sink in.
Tonight literally hundreds of young adults will sleep on streets, in ditches, under bushes and in alleyways throughout Sonoma County. Hundreds.
I need your help in supporting SAY's ongoing effort to help provide shelter those young people. Many are escaping years of physical abuse, a dangerous human trafficking ring, a drug-addicted parent, a house overflowing with rage, or may have “aged-out” of the foster care system with little to no resources for self-sufficiency.
On December 7 I will be sleeping outside for one night to advocate for the many young people who go to sleep without a home every night in Sonoma County.
I am not looking forward to this.
I like my warm, clean bed and waking up each morning to indoor plumbing and a heated house.
I am committed to doing this to increase awareness of this tragic reality and to raise funds for SAY’s services that help homeless and disconnected youth stabilize their lives, find safe housing, access mental health care, and develop the skills to become contributing members of our local workforce.
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 the lives you will change with your gift, thank you!