A segment of our population that is often times overlooked and forgotten is the homeless youth.
Homeless for a myriad of reasons, including running away, being kicked out of their homes by parents or guardians or aging out of the foster care system, they’re the minds of tomorrow and the hope for our county’s future. With proper care and resources offered by the Fresno EOC Sanctuary Outreach to the Streets, homeless youth have the opportunity to build successful futures.
In 2014, the program helped more than 200 homeless youth get off the streets and enter safe housing. For the past 17 years, program coordinators have provided homeless youth with information about finding a safe place to stay, warm clothing, bagged meals, and hygiene supplies. If you see a homeless youth, you can help by taking the individual to the sanctuary at 1545 N Street.
In honor of National Runaway Prevention Month, as proclaimed by the Fresno County Board of Supervisors for the month of November on Nov. 3, in Fresno County, I encourage all, who have the resources to do so, to help homeless youth by participating in the “Sponsor a Youth” program at http://www.fresnoeoc.org/sos today.
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Supervisor Henry Perea, Fresno