Dear Friends of Wind,
First, we want to let you know that Wind Youth Services is not closing. In fact we intend to continue to provide our core services to the disadvantaged youth in the Sacramento area. We are proud of what we have contributed to the Sacramento community. In the past year alone, we have:
- Contacted over 2,800 homeless youth
- Our public health nurse has seen over 200 youth
- Served 90 youths through our Shelter Services
- Housed 8 transitional aged youth in our housing program
- Counseled approximately 200 youth
- Served 12,000 meals
- Provided 390 hygiene kits to homeless youth
- Attended to 4,208 calls through our 24-Hour Crisis Hotline Services
In addition, the Wind Youth Center located in Del Paso Heights is the only youth center in the region that serves homeless youth. An average of 45 youth visit our center daily to shower, wash their clothes, get fed or see a nurse. At the center, we offer education and career guidance as well.
In past years, most of our social services were funded through multiple funding streams, including Federal, state and local government grants, as well as from community grants and wonderful donors such as you. However, you don’t have to pick up a newspaper to know that the continued availability of these funds has deteriorated, which has caused a huge void of funding for the much needed services that we provide to the homeless and at risk youth of Sacramento. The Federal government shutdown delayed the awarding of these critical grants and has added to the organization’s gap in funding.
At a time when the homeless youth population is spiking in Sacramento, many of the services to these vulnerable people have been reduced. The Children’s Report Card states that the homeless youth population has tripled since 2006, while the funding for services during this period has decreased.
Wind Youth Services truly needs your help now in an effort to continue to provide our Center and shelter services. We are struggling to maintain our level of services in a reduced funding environment. In light of the challenging funding environment, we contemplated temporarily reducing the services that we provide at the Wind Youth Center, while still maintaining our core services, while we explore alternative funding arrangements to provide these services. In order to continue to provide the services at the Wind Youth Center, we are embarking on a major campaign to raise the $180,000 needed to run the Wind Youth Center for one year while we pursue alternative funding sources for the Center. Our entire community would be affected if our services are no longer available.
We urgently ask for your participation in this campaign. All donations will help. Help us reach our goal to ensure our youth have a safe place to go this winter to receive respite from the cold and get a hot meal.
You can donate directly on our website at www.windyouth.org, or your donation checks can be mailed to Wind Youth Services at 1434 Howe Ave., Suite 92, Sacramento, CA 95825.
If you have any questions or would like to talk to me regarding opportunities at Wind Youth Services, please give Sher Barber a call at 916-369-5447 ext. 204.