One Night Out
As the summer comes to a close, and things shift gear into the fall season, I felt it would be good to send out another update and let you all know a few things that have been going on, as well as a quick update on the summer.
This summer was a wild ride of ups and downs. I had the opportunity to take youth to do a lot of different things and feel like I definitely had my fill of slurpees. From the waterslides to a baseball game, we experienced a lot. Although fun happened, many of my days were also filled with sitting in the park having all sorts of different discussions with youth. Some were about hope, some about anxiety, making hard choices, dealing with loss and grief, and some about finding resources for difficult situations coming up in their lives. A few conversations were around trying to find housing or a safe place to stay for the night. There was a lot of uncertainty and fear so I am happy I could provide them with a listening ear to ease some of their burden.
One evening I got a call. The conversation went a little something like this, “J has been kicked out of their house and has no where to stay. Do you know of anywhere that is available to them?” Not a simple task to begin with, but there was also a problem. This particular youth was under the age necessary to access a shelter without consent from a social worker. This meant spending a lot of my evening talking to social workers on the phone trying to get clearance for this youth to stay somewhere safe. There were a lot of hoops to jump through but we managed and found last minute arrangements for this young person.
This is how we show love to our hurting communities; listening and being present through difficult situations. After a summer filled with housing mishaps, I decided that I would participate in a fundraiser that is held annually. It is called One Night Out and it is run in partnership with JRG Restaurants. A team of people fundraise money and choose to sleep outside to raise money to provide support for homeless youth.
But it starts with you and me. Together we can start to create a change that can impact these youths’ future. Will you consider partnering with me by joining our team to sleep outside for one night, or donating to this cause?
As always, I appreciate the love and support. I couldn’t do this without you.
Lots of love,