Welcome to Lana McNamara's Sleeper Page
I DID IT. I wish I had a hash tagger just so I could send out that one. We were blessed with a crystal clear COLD night and I came out with an amazing respect for the young people placed in the situation of homelessness. Lisa said something before we went out that stayed with me all night: "What is life like for these young people if homelessness is the better option?"
Feel free to donate, redonate, donate more. SAY is able to collect money until the end of December for One Cold Night and A HUGE THANK YOU TO THOSE WHO HAVE ALREADY DONATED. If you can't donate financially, that's ok! Take the info and pass it on. If you ask your people and they ask their people, we'll meet our goal in no time.
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, 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.
The young people I’m sleeping out for may be 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. 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 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!