What we need today:
- Night Stands
- Toiletries/sewing kits
- Ready to eat food (access to hot water)
It’s estimated that 5,000 youth experience homelessness in Utah each year. Volunteers of America Homeless Youth Resource Center serves about 1,000 of those clients. Their ages range from 13-23. They take care of these young people through street outreach, their drop in center and transitional housing.
This is a big problem as there are no over-night shelters for kids under 18. It is illegal to be an unaccompanied minor in Utah. They either have to sleep on the street or get sent to Youth Services and back into the foster system, which can be terrifying to a young person. These kids literally have nowhere safe to go. We’re told it only takes 7 days for a functional, well-adjusted kid to become hooked on drugs (so they can stay awake and protect themselves) and begin selling themselves for money, just to survive.
When they do turn 18, the center works with them to become self-reliant, beginning with housing and a job. When these young people are able to secure housing, they often have nothing in the way of furniture, cooking utensils or any day-to-day household items. We typically find young people are sleeping on hard floors, with only a sleeping bag and a small pillow.
That’s where we come in! We pick up any useful items that people want to get rid of, then deliver them directly into the hands of the person who needs it most. Please take a look at the list and see if you have anything you would like to donate today. We’ll come pick it up! Don’t worry if your stuff is a little damaged or worn, as these kids literally have nothing and appreciate everything.
We pick up every Monday, so contact us and you can leave it somewhere convenient.
“I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver”