As we roll into the New Year, it’s important for us to give thanks for all that we have but to also realize there’s still many people in our region that are experiencing homelessness, lack of education, and unemployment. Especially our youth who are more at risk and vulnerable. Each night in Seattle, 700-1,000 young people are homeless. That’s thousands every year -stuck in survival mode. This year, our chapter will be partnering with the YouthCare organization, that serves children as young as 12 and through young adults of 25 who are in need and we’ll have numerous ways to make a difference and have impact on these children’s development.
At each chapter event, we’ll be collecting items from their wish list to help support the homeless youth community. Unfortunately, their resources are limited. In the face of an alarming rise in demand, they can put together a true continuum of care for only a fraction of the youth that walk through their doors. We can help them provide these essential supplies, through our newsletter I would update the PCMA community with current seasonal demands and additional needs that may rise. I urge you to also speak to your organizations, colleagues, and other family members to help you collect items needed to improve the living conditions of these children. It doesn’t stop there! We’ll also have opportunities to volunteer at their centers, where they offer educational programs, solutions, and meal service to the communities they support.
Please visit the YouthCare website for more information about this great organization.
“Youth offers the promise of happiness, but life offers the realities of grief.” ― Nicholas Sparks