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Our Drop In Center Has Moved!

We are excited to announce that our new drop-in location has officially opened! Drop-in services are now available at:

3671 5th Ave.
Sacramento CA 95820

A Place For Me

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It’s the day before Thanksgiving, and Niki Jones is reminding the youth at Wind Youth Services Drop-In Center that the space where they come to relax, access services and enjoy a hot meal will be  closed for the next two days. Wind is one of only a few Sacramento organizations with the sole mission of working with homeless youth. Its drop-in center opens its doors to young people seeking respite seven days a week, excluding holidays. Jones, a street outreach worker at Wind, hands out gloves, socks, scarves and tarps — essentials that will help get them through the next two days.  Jones says socks are a huge need — a basic item that, without organizations like Wind, Sacramento’s homeless youth would possibly go without. [READ MORE]

Youth Homelessness in Sacramento - a 3 Month Snapshot

There are an estimated 5,000 youth (ages 12-24) in the Sacramento Community that will experience some form of homelessness this year. See how Wind Youth Services is helping provide solutions!

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Help Wind brown bag!

Wind Youth Services is hitting the streets every day to hand out sack lunches and other necessary items all summer long!! We're going to where the youth are! Already this week we've handed out 40 sack lunches, but WE NEED YOUR HELP!

We are looking for donations of sack lunch items like:

sandwich meat & cheese, sandwich bread, fruit - apples, bananas, oranges or fruit cups are best - cliff bars and granola bars, fruit snacks, dried fruit & nuts, treats - cookies, candy, gum, etc - small bags of chips, juice, and lots of bottled water! 

Donations can be dropped off during business hours to 1722 J Street, 3rd Floor or email sarah@windyouth.org for more info!

Looking for other ways to help? Check out our Wish List

Susan Dotson Named Executive Director at WIND

Suzi DotsonSACRAMENTO, Calif., Jan. 8, 2014 — Susan Dotson starts today as executive director at WIND Youth Services, bringing with her more than 17 years of experience in leading organizations dedicated to helping children and families.

Most recently, Dotson managed the California Department of Social Services’ Child Welfare Policy and Program Development Bureau in Sacramento. Previously, she worked at the Sacramento Children’s Home since 2006, first serving as a family resource center coordinator at its Valley Hi Family Resource Center and Birth & Beyond Program, and then as program manager at its Sacramento Crisis Nursery.

“Suzi brings a vision and energy that is needed at Wind,” said Chris Russell, board chair at WIND Youth Services. “We were really impressed by her plans to work on collaboration with other organizations within the continuum of care for homeless and foster youth.”

WIND Youth Services is the Sacramento region’s only resource for helping homeless youth escape life on the streets, offering multiple programs that include shelter and counseling. For more information and to learn how to donate and support, visit WIND Youth Services online at windyouth.org.

Unemployment, Homelessness, and Debt: the Plight of the Young

HuffingtonPostUK - Adnan Al-Daini

It is not a good time to be young. Our youth are bearing the brunt of the economic depression and its self-defeating solution of austerity and cuts. The future to them looks bleak; unemployment, debt and homelessness in various combinations, or all three beckon. Of course these three scourges (unemployment-debt-homelessness) are linked.

Youth unemployment (16-24 years old) is now 20.7 % in the UK. The average across the EU is 22.4%, with Greece and Spain leading the misery index at 52.8 % and 52.7 % respectively.

A report entitled "Youth unemployment: the crisis we cannot afford" produced by ACEVO (Association of Chief Executive of Voluntary Organisations) puts the human cost thus:

"Unemployment hurts at any age; but for young people, long-term unemployment scars for life. It means lower earnings, more unemployment, [and] more ill health later in life. It means more inequality between rich and poor - because the pain hits the most disadvantaged."

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