Will You StandUp For Kids?
The mission is to end the cycle of youth homelessness throughout the United States.
We do this, every day, in cities across America. We carry out our mission through our volunteers who go to the streets in order to find, stabilize and otherwise help homeless and street kids improve their lives.
If you are a youth in need of assistance, please contact us on our outreach line at 1-888-365-4543.
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Orange County Chapter
Looking at twenty-three year old Codee today, you’d never guess he’d walked through our doors at StandUp for Kids OC only a month and a half ago. You’d never guess he’d been homeless for nearly six years and had struggled with a drug addiction that caused him to lose everything. Before getting involved with our program, Codee felt like he had no one to turn to for help.
Just finding somewhere to stay each night was a struggle. Codee spent those years sleeping in cars or making friends just to have a couch to sleep on. “I spent the night wherever I could…I would go to apartment complex pool houses to take showers,” he recalls.
He tried to plug into a couple of programs that help homeless kids like himself, but they didn’t seem to offer him what he needed. Codee felt like he had hit rock bottom.
Until one day, a friend took him to StandUp for Kids OC’s location in Huntington Beach. He remembers vividly: “It was a Tuesday night and a lady there gave me a card. I wasn’t interested in doing anything with it at all, but I figured I couldn’t lose anything more at this point.”
“They literally helped me with anything I needed,” Codee says. “They gave me clothes and groceries. They helped me get my hospital bills forgiven, they are helping me get my driver’s license and even helped me fill my prescription for contact lenses.”
Today, Codee says he almost feels like “a normal person in society.” He’s working on finding a job and no longer homeless.
But beyond just becoming “normal” again, Codee has a bigger mission: to help kids just like himself who are homeless and need help with the life issues and skills needed to get back on their feet. “I eventually want to do something just like StandUp for Kids,” he says. “I’m excited to get to the next step in my life.”
Message from the National Office
Dear Friends and Supporters,
Teen homelessness rates are on the rise. Our concern is that homeless kids are the most likely target of human traffickers, pornographers and gangs. These vulnerable kids are forced to endure unimaginable horrors, just to survive. Our main focus is on prevention; providing an array of resources and services to help homeless youth on their journey to self-sufficient adulthood.
STANDUP FOR KIDS makes numerous presentations throughout the year, educating the general public, civic organizations, schools and church groups to the plight of homeless, street kids and at-risk youth. We focus on expanding training for our volunteers and staff through webinars, teleconferences, in-house training, etc. Our goal: Change the notion that youth are on the streets because they want to be!
To achieve our goals for the many programs we have to reduce teen homelessness, we are asking our community members for their continued donations. Your generous support will directly impact the lives of homeless kids and help at-risk teens across the United States. Our Programs, volunteers, staff and especially our homeless youth rely on and appreciate your support. Your thoughtful donations are tax deductible.
On behalf of STANDUP FOR KIDS, we thank you for your generosity, as we could not accomplish our mission without the support of our amazing donors and supporters.
StandUp For Kids - National
StandUp For Kids - Worcester Outreach Center Opens!
StandUp For Kids - Worcester is happy to announce that the opening of their Outreach Center has been a great success. Partnering with several local organizations, the center is located in a newly renovated house in the heart of Worcester. Through the StandUp For Kids space, local youth have access to showers, a washer and dryer, computers, and more. Stone Soup Worcester is the key organizational partner which spearheaded this collaboration. Through them and other partners in the house, the youth also have access to employment assistant services, meeting spaces, an arts and crafts area, a free resource library, and more. The center is managed by volunteer counselors and is open for four hour blocks several days each week.
The benefits of the center and this strategic partnership were clear within the first couple weeks. The young adults initially contacted through street outreach now have a place to go and a place to find the services they need. They have strengthened their relationships with outreach counselors and even developed connections with each other.
Brenna Merrill, Director of Youth Outreach for StandUp For Kids - Worcester, is originally from just outside Chicago but came to Worcester to attend Clark University. She currently oversees each shift at the center. "Street outreach is incredibly useful in making contact with different people in the city and helping them with their current needs," she said. "The outreach center, on the other hand, provides a place for young adults to come, seek respite, and receive more long-term services."
Stay updated on the center by following on social media: @SUFKWorcester on Twitter & "StandUp For Kids - Worcester" on Facebook.
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