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.
In my life I have seen so much pain, so much
suffering. I have experienced most of what I saw.
My chosen name is Pixi Wolfe and this is my story
and why I appreciate StandUp.
To tell all I have been through is a hard thing to do
for me. I don’t want anyone to pity me. I don’t
want anyone to look at me differently. When I
started coming to StandUp, which we all call
“Purple People” because of the shirts, I met a
wonderful man named Brian. There is something about
him that gives comfort that is hard to find.
As if I can tell him anything without being judged or
looked down upon. In my life that’s rare.
So back to my story and why I cannot trust.
Growing up I did not know my father and did not
meet him until I was 19years old. My mother did
her best but even the best cannot be enough.
When I was 3 years old, I was raped. Four men
made my friend and I do things that no child should
witness, let alone do. My mother didn’t believe me
when I told her. At the time my friend’s mom was
babysitting us and we went to the park across the
street, that’s when it happened.
Growing up my mom moved me around a lot. To
this day, I still don’t know why. When I was 7 we
moved to Gary, IN where she met this guy and
got knocked up. Like any child, I was excited for
a new baby. But also jealous…common amongst
new siblings, I guess. But once my sister was born,
my mother changed. I know I didn’t make it easy,
single mom of 2, under 30 years old and finding out
I have a brain like both mom & dad. Bipolar, manic
depressive, ADHD, & borderline personality.
My mom kinda snapped. I was her stress release.
But I took it so my sister wouldn’t have to. As
most families with a single parent, we were poor,
so naturally I was picked on. I would get jumped
everyday by the same 5 kids then go home to my
mother who did the same. She wasn’t all bad. She
did her best to raise us. My sister never knew of
this, luckily she was too young to remember.
When I was 13, I ran away. I remember sleeping
under the viaduct one night when this lady saw
me. She took me in without question. That’s
where I met Brandon. We instantly clicked. He
became my best friend. Then my brother when
they placed me in the same foster home. But then
I went home to my mom because I knew I had to.
When I was apart from him, it was terrible. From
missing him, to the abuse I went through. He was
the only one I trusted.
When I was 18 my mom stabbed me. That’s when I decided to leave.
When I went to Hammond I was able to see Brandon
again. Only this time feelings began to stir. We
were homeless but got married in the eyes of our
religion. Later I was raped and Brandon went a little
crazy. He murdered the guy who raped me. He
always protected me. He was never caught for that
murder. Brandon was my everything. We got into
our first fight and he left to Tennessee. Then 3 days
before my birthday, he was shot in the temple and
died. Gone. My whole world crashed the day I got
that phone call…it was my 20th birthday.
Since then, so many people have taken advantage
of me. So many have hurt me. I move around
so much, running away from those who hurt me.
When I first heard of StandUp, I was curious. I
admit I did not trust anyone there, but Brian, I felt
like I could talk to. I recently opened up to him
with my story. I have explained a little of what
has happened. StandUp is one of the very few
places someone like myself can feel safe enough to
release, and hang out. Telling this much of my past
was hard enough, but with Brian’s help reassuring
me that I won’t be judged, I have told you part of
I hope this helps others,
2014 Year End Appeal
Dear Friends and Supporters,
Now through December 31, 2014 is STANDUP FOR KIDS 2014 Annual Holiday Appeal Campaign for Homeless and At-Risk Youth. Our core mission is to "end the cycle of youth homelessness across America."
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. Please take a moment now to make a donation online at http://www.standupforkids.org/ or mail your donation to:
StandUp For Kids - National
83 Walton Street, NW, Suite 300
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
Please share our request with friends and family. 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.
StandUp For Kids and AmazonSmile!
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