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Help Homeless Youth! YouthHope Open House on December 11th

November 26, 2013

OpenHouseInviteImageYouthHope is getting a drop-in center, but to make it happen they need the community’s help! On Wednesday, December 11th from 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM YouthHope will be hosting a Open House at their future drop-in center location (1179 W. Redlands Blvd., Redlands, Ca. 92373) to showcase the great work they are doing in the community and the great need that still exists to be able serve their current and future youth in the area.

Some of their current needs for their new facility include a wide range of structural improvements such as a new roof, added fencing, construction of basketball courts, and coats of new paint. Other requests include in-kind donations such as: furniture and computers. Help make the drop-in center a place where youth can feel safe, continue education, look for jobs, receive counseling, and receive the help that they need to achieve self-sufficiency. Come out to their Open House and see how you can help!

5:00 – 6:00 PM Open House: Facility will be open as an exhibit with visual aids of our services, intentions for construction and requested needs for each area.

6:00-6:30 PM Short Ceremony: Speakers will share information about YouthHope Foundation and announce new plans for the facilities.  Local Press will be in attendance.

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Future home of the drop-in center

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Current state of the interior of the drop-in center

YouthHope Mission Statement
To build confidence and promote self-sufficiency for homeless and runaway youth by providing trust, hope, support, and education. No one is a lost cause! We have designed a program to help youth exit street life and develop life skills. Our goal is to take youth from the street to employment to becoming self-sufficient adults. We are an independent, 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization that serves to instill hope in the youth we serve.

Who They Serve and Why
In America today, it’s estimated that 1.3 to 2.8 million youth will runaway this year, and that the average age of the homeless youth is 18 years old. According to the Redlands Unified School District (Redlands, Ca. 2010-2011 school year) there were 3,204 homeless children registered in kindergarten to 12th grade and 1,414 homeless youth registered in 7th – 12th grade. Many of the youth that YouthHope serves are run-aways, victims of addiction, insufficient family structure, violence, and the phasing out of foster care. Therefore, they have not gained the life skills necessary to enter the world as independent, successful adults. We hope to end the cycle of of homelessness by instilling confidence and self-sufficiency in these youth.

For more information about YouthHope visit: www.youthhope.org

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