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Dear Friends and Family,
I have decided to do something a little different and will be sleeping outside for One Cold Night with only a sleeping bag... NO tent for one night in November.
My motivation for doing so is that I have recently been made seriously aware of the YOUTH, children ages 12-24, who are living on our streets every night. For me, it was brought to light when we had a speaker at my Rotary Club who spoke of the young kids who are homeless that get dragged into sex trafficking in Sonoma County. Some of these kids are as young as my daughter, Briella. It breaks my heart to think of these kids who dont think they have a place to go.
So I have committed to fundraising for Soical Advocates for Youth (SAY) and the critical programs and services they operate for the most vulnerable members of our community.
On November 8, 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.
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 success. 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.
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.
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 our fight to end youth homelessness in Sonoma County.
On behalf of the lives you will change with your gift, thank you!