#198: New Center For Homeless Youth To Provide Housing
January 9, 2015 - Read the full Your Mark on the World article and watch the interview here: http://bit.ly/1DDFYhl. Subscribe to this podcast on iTunes by clicking here: http://bit.ly/ymotwitunes or on Stitcher by clicking here: http://bit.ly/ymotwstitcher. The Volunteers of America, Utah new Homeless Youth Resource Center is beginning to take shape. With just $1 million in funding lacking for the $6 million center, homeless youth in Utah can take heart. The new center will provide youth not only with a safe place to visit during the day, but for the first time it will provide a place to spend the night for up to 30 homeless youth. Zach Bale, Chief Development Officer for VOA-Utah, says, “Investing now in youth who are on the street can prevent years of trauma, and homelessness that often continues into adulthood. At Volunteers of America, Utah, we’re looking to help youth find a better life, and our Homeless Youth Resource Center is the way to do it.” Zach puts services in context, noting, “Meeting youth’s most basic needs of hunger, safety, and cleanliness is fundamental; while creating a path to education, employment and housing is what truly transforms.” "Social issues such as youth homelessness, if seen as a sort of litmus test, can tell us a lot about our current economy, state of family life, and general community well-being." Please consider whether a friend or colleague might benefit from this piece and, if so, share it.