Fortunately, the Volunteers of America, Utah, has taken on the task of helping many of these young men and women, boys and girls. The VOA operates street outreach programs, a Homeless Youth Resource Center and a transition home for girls to help them become independent.
The nonprofit organization is asking for your support so it can also open a transition home for boys and young men 18-26 years old and continue to reach the growing number of youth who are homeless. The transition homes help youth move from the street into jobs and more permanent housing.
The funding campaign will also help expand the services offered at the Homeless Youth Resource Center.
It's a cause that deserves support, at this time of year when many people are looking for good causes, and beyond the holiday season.
VOA has received two generous contributions of $50,000 each from the B. W. Bastian Foundation and the LGBT Community Endowment Fund at the Community Foundation of Utah. Those two donors will match community donations dollar for dollar, up to $100,000 total. Individuals can send donations by logging on to the VOA website, www.voaut.org or by mailing a check to Volunteers of America, Utah, 435 West Bearcat Drive, Salt Lake City, UT 84115, or by phoning 801-363-9414 ext. 585.
The 1,000 volunteers and 145 staff literally take their services to the homeless on the street. They also help those suffering from substance abuse and domestic violence and operate the Retired Senior Volunteer Program in Davis, Tooele and Emery counties and Foster Grandparent Program in Tooele, Emery, Carbon, Grand and San Juan counties.
VOA donations are an easy way to bring homeless youth into the warmth of the season.