Hope For At Risk Youth Comes In a Single Box This Year
Youth Haven has launched their annual Boxes of Hope campaign. The campaign offers much needed gift packages to youth who are experiencing, or are at risk of homelessness.
“The packages contain items that our youth need including toiletries, gift cards, gloves, winter hats, hygiene products, even bus tokens, so they can get to school or a job.” says Lucy Gowers, Youth Haven executive director.
As the only emergency shelter for youth in Simcoe County, Youth Haven provided shelter and/or outreach services to more than 400 youth in 2018. Yet 432 youth who needed a bed last year were unable to stay due to lack of beds.
The vast majority of youth who use the organization’s programs are escaping abusive or neglectful households. And more recently, Youth Haven has provided safe spaces to local youth who have been victims of human sex trafficking. Others still are dealing with addiction and mental health issues.
Boxes are up for grabs right now for $50. Find out more and buy a box yourself right here.