Sacramento, CA, October 26, 2011 --(PR.com
)-- WETSU Men’s Division is proud to announce their support of Wind Youth Services as their annual “A Day to Make a Difference” event by gathering members of the community to renovate and update the Wind facilities on Saturday, October 29th. Wind provides shelter and training for homeless teens in Sacramento.
“These kids have already been let down by the people that were supposed to care for them,” said Alan Hill, Division Coordinator for WETSU. “We want to show these young people that people in the community care about them.”
For more than 10 years, WETSU has been contributing to the success of the community throughout Central California. Every year WETSU chooses a worthy organization to update their facilities which in Sacramento included Point Quest Education last year and the Kenesset Israel Synagogue rebuilding after the fire-bombing in 1999.
Last year’s wildly successful Point Quest Education project included enrolling over 100 volunteers from the community to revamp the facilities with numerous repairs which led to improved campus safety, better learning facilities, and fun for the students with the installation of new basketball hoops and an educational garden.
This year, WETSU is looking at very much the same thing though there are special challenges. Wind has two separate buildings about 2 miles apart which will require more volunteers, funds and organization than what has been needed on projects in the past. WETSU is seeking additional volunteers and donations to ensure the success of this project. More information about what is needed can be found at www.adaytomakeadifference.info.
Wind has been supporting homeless teenagers since 1994 and grown to offer a safe haven for at risk youth and teach survival skills including an on-site accredited junior high and high school program in collaboration with the Twin Rivers Unified School District Community Collaborative Charter Schools.
Wind was opened by the Sisters of Social Service in a space next to Loaves and Fishes. Sisters Mary Anne Bonpane and Stephana O’Leary started the program as a daytime safe haven for homeless teenagers to seek refuge and receive survival services. As awareness of the children’s needs grew so did the services the Center provided to include resources for teens to help them develop the necessary skills to break the cycle of homelessness. In 2004 the need for increased space was realized and the Shelter moved to a larger 12-bed facility in North Sacramento.
Wind currently supports 1700 Sacramento at-risk and homeless youth.