The Windsors' One Cold Night Fundraising Page
Friends and family --
Here we are, celebrating another year in Sonoma County. For nearly five years we've struggled to put down roots here, despite family being here, getting to experience "God's chosen place" that's ripe with some of the most beautiful landscape we've seen and lived among. Don't get us wrong, we like it here and are grateful we've landed in Sebastopol and that we're raising our daughters here.
But, it's hard here. It's hard to be a young family. It's kind of hard to be young here, period. And if you know us (especially Jas), you know that we're thinkers and we've been thinking a lot about this: If it is hard for our family of four, with two working parents making more than California's median income, to eke by paycheck to paycheck, what's it like for others? What's it like for people younger than us?
That's where Amie comes in: As the Development Coordinator for Social Advocates for Youth (SAY), I can tell you (like I'll tell Jas and anyone else who is (un)lucky enough to come across my path of passionate advocacy): It's freaking tough. More than tough. For young individuals in Sonoma County, homelessness is more prevalent than ever before. This year, youth homelessness has increased by 29% in Sonoma County. That means 657 young people under the age of 25 are experiencing homelessness in our community right now. Youth are still the most unsheltered homeless population in Sonoma County - 93% will sleep outside tonight, vulnerable and alone.
Can you imagine? When we look at our two girls, ages 5 and 2, we can't.
So, on November 8, we will be sleeping (and staffing sleepers!) 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, we are committed to fundraising for SAY and the critical programs and services they operate for the most vulnerable members of our community.
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. They are also the youth who go to school in our very same communities, at our very same schools. That's where SAY comes 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 we ask you to help us 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 our fight to end youth homelessness in Sonoma County.
With your support, we can make a meaningful impact on our community and affect real change at a local level. Please help me reach us goal to #endyouthhomelessness by making a donation to my One Cold Night campaign. You can donate via our personal fundraising page linked below, clicking the "Donate" button above, or you can mail a check directly to us.
Jason, Amie, Merriwether and Trudie