As the colors of fall brighten the cloudy skies, our days become shorter and our nights become colder, we settle in to enjoy cozy evenings with family and friends. Conversations of holiday plans fill the air. However, for many young people in our community the blustery season brings cold lonely nights with no thought of family, only the thought of “where will I sleep?”
Among your outings around town, you may have noticed a young person huddled up against a building, no hat or raincoat, just a ratty old blanket wrapped around his shoulders. You may have wondered, “Where are his parents? Why isn’t he in school?”
The cold, wet young man is Alex. He never knew his dad. His mom died when he was 16. Alex aged out of foster care when he was 21. He is now 22 years old and homeless. As the day draws to an end, he carries his backpack and blanket hoping to find a safe place to sleep. During the day, he comes to Wind’s drop-in center. Alex calls it his “day home.”
The needs are great and never-ending. Will you consider the youth Wind serves this holiday season?
Think of Alex, and many youth like him, without a family, without a place to call home. Your support can give Alex a warm, safe, consistent place to sleep each night. Your gift can help Wind provide more than a “day home” to Alex.
For many of our youth, like Alex, Wind is their first chance at a better life, a life of stability and independence.
You may donate online at www.windyouth.org/donate.
Thank you for all you have done to support Wind Youth Services. Your donation changes lives.
In the spirit of the holidays,
Suzi Dotson, Executive Director
P.S. Remember, just $100 provides a youth one night of shelter and case management – can you provide one night for teens like Alex?