Ending Youth Homelessness IS Possible
I have the pleasure of serving our community through the Metro Chamber, and I see every day the impact of homelessness on individuals and on our economy. The answer for homelessness is complex to say the least, but I know without a doubt that part of the answer is SAY and the Dream Center.
So, 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. Between now and then, I am committed to fundraising for Social Advocates for Youth (SAY) and the critical programs and services they operate for the most vulnerable members of our community.
Right now there are 515 youth experiencing homelessness alone each night in Sonoma County, the third highest rate per capita in the United States. For those ages 18-24, 88% percent are unsheltered and will sleep on the streets tonight. These are kids 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. No matter what their situation, they deserve a chance, they deserve the Dream Center.
I'm not sleeping out for fun, it is my contribution to the cause - I'm asking you to join me with a financial contribution. 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!