Welcome! I am sleeping outside in West County -I hope you will support me to benefit SAY
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. Shockingly the number of youth sleeping outside in our West County is 68 young people, between the ages 12-24!
Overall there are 515 youth experiencing homelessness alone 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.
I have seen personally the good works that SAY does in our community. I have had SAY counseling services provided to someone close to me that needed an extra boost during a difficult time in life. I have also done the annual homeless count for the past two years in Sebastopol and saw first hand how many people (including young people) sleep outside right in my own hometown.
The young people I’m sleeping out for may be escaping years of physical abuse, a drug-addicted parent, a dysfunctional family home which led them to the streets, or they may have “aged-out” of the foster care system with little to no resources for self-sufficiency. And guess what? Most young people experiencing homelessness are unseen by me and you every day. They are sleeping on couches, they’re sleeping in a broken down car, or they’re trying to stay safe in remote places of the county that are unfit and dangerous for humans, especially young people, to live in.
SAY’s services 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 because all of our futures depend on our youth and supporting them is one of the most important work we can contribute to. Please click the donate button on this page and join me in giving back to our youth. On behalf of the lives you will change with your gift, thank you!