In February, six young women from Sanctuary of Hope benefited from a stress-free pamper day provided by No Girl Left Behind in partnership with Lunch With the Finance Bunch and Journey. The full service pamper treatment included a massage, full body makeover, professional photo shoot, and pamper bags.
No Girl Left Behind’s mission is to unite girls globally, creating a sisterhood that empowers young girls and women from all walks of life by education and liberating them from the false limiting perceptions and destructive patterns so that they may acknowledge their self-worth, gain a sense of confidence, identify their uniqueness, and access their full potential while supporting one another.
A big surprise for the young women was a dinner and live performance by No Girl Left Behind’s Founder and Season 9 American Idol contestant, Michelle Delamor.
Special Notice: If you are a current SOH youth who acquired a quality of life, fare evasion, or traffic ticket while homeless, please visit SOH’s booth at the Project Homeless Connect Day located at 5715 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90037 so we can assist you with getting seen for homeless court TODAY!
SOH offices will be closed December 23, 26, and 30 as well as January 2 in observance of the Holiday and New Year.
Thanks to you over 300 youth and young adults have developed the resilience to progress past life challenges of trauma, uncertainty, and homelessness. For them, we say thank you for saving their lives and restoring their dignity by providing them housing, education, and basic needs.
Last month, Annette, a former foster youth, moved into her new apartment and secured a professional career in loss prevention. Over three years with us in our housing and education programs, she had stable housing, explored careers through internships, and graduated college with a degree. Without your help, Annette would still be struggling to attain a better life. Today, she is a happy young professional and have plans for applying to graduate school.
Every day, your support makes it possible for our youth and young adults to realize their full potential. Our 2016 Year-End Campaign goal is to help an additional 20 youth and young adults experience stability and plan for promising futures by raising $25,000 so that we can have the resources to do so.
We ask would you be willing to make a special year-end donation of $25, $50, $100 or whatever you can afford to help us meet our goal and unleash the potential of 20 more youth and young adults?
We simply can’t do it without you. Your support will continue to empower our next generation of youth and young adults to realize life possibilities.
Sanctuary of Hope will be closed on October 10 for Indigenous Peoples Day.
Make a donation, and together we’ll impact the lives of 20 young adults working towards self-reliance: creating housing stability opportunities, reducing barriers to academic achievement, empowering young adults to be leaders in the community, and increasing young people’s earning power through career development and entrepreneurial activities.
To learn more about Sanctuary of Hope—or how you can contribute to providing housing, education, and emotional stability—please contact Janet Kelly.
We invite you to be a part of Sanctuary of Hope’s efforts to CONNECT, CARE, and STABILIZE youth in our community.
Over 300 people, including our SOH young adult advocates attended the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisor’s meeting last week to advocate for a permanent source of funding to combat homelessness in Los Angeles County. There were three proposals up for consideration: parcel , sales, and marijuana tax.
SOH advocates were in major support of a sales tax that would raise an estimated $355 million a year and could be implemented in a short period of time. They also asked the Board to consider all possible options.
Our young adults did a great job providing testimony about their personal homeless experience as well as their friends and the need for more resources that can trickle down to young people who are often forgotten in discussions about homelessness.
Our Executive Director, Janet Denise Kelly, provided a passionate request for the Supervisors to consider all options and move swiftly because homelessness is a scourge that no adult, child, or young adult should ever endure.
The parcel and sales tax did not pass. Instead, the board voted to support a marijuana tax ballot measure in November that was subsequently rescinded.
We are hopeful that a sales tax will be back for discussion before March 2017 for the spring ballot.
This week has been centered on civic engagement and advocacy by Sanctuary of Hope’s youth and young adults to urge Governor Brown to declare a State of Emergency on Homelessness. We gathered 40 signatures for petitions to Governor Brown with hopes he will hear the beckoning call to respond to homelessness quickly. The petitions will be delivered to Los Angeles County’s Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas’ team as part of the 10,000 voices who want to see a solution to the problem.
California has the largest homeless population in the nation, representing 21% of the aggregated total. In Los Angeles County, 47,000 people are homeless on the streets any given night.
To learn more about the petition and sign on, click here.