In order to draw attention and secure funding to end teen homelessness in New Hampshire, Waypoint is holding their annual sleep out according to their communications director, Kat Strange.  It’s time to do something about youth homelessness in New Hampshire.  Every child deserves a safe place to sleep but upwards of 14,000 to 15,000 youth are experiencing some form of homelessness in New Hampshire each year. This is just unacceptable. Waypoint is doing something to help local youth. 

For the past six years, Waypoint has held their sleep-out event to raise awareness and funds to support the services they offer homeless youth.  Among the many services they provide are survival aid, basic needs relief, educational advocacy, teaching job, and life skills, training, providing housing and so much more. The Sleepout event is when you commit to sleeping outdoors for one night to show solidarity with the homeless youth in New Hampshire.  Once you have to spend a night outdoors, you appreciate what you have and donate to help support their cause. 

Waypoint is trying to raise funds to cover the expense of drop-in centers in Concord and Rochester along with the addition of an overnight youth shelter in Manchester.  In order to register or obtain more information about Waypoint, you can go to their website at www.waypointnh.org.  Even if you don’t participate in the Sleepout Event, you can still donate.  This year’s event, organizers are asking those participating to choose a socially distanced place to sleep out such as a backyard.  Participants will be able to share the experience virtually online.  This organization is doing great things for the community, let’s give them a hand.

 

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