In 2014, the Department of Housing and Urban Development reported that nearly 200,000 teens and youth were homeless on any given night in the United States alone. Due to difficulty in obtaining full assessments however, HUD estimates that this is a gross undercount, according to analysts at the National Alliance to End Homelessness.
Despite the daunting numbers, a growing community of teen-centric shelters and communities have begun to step up and do their part to end the trend of homeless youth around the world. In the state of Washington, for example, one group of peers has made it a mission to quell the rising numbers.
Wrote Random Acts Supporter Allison in October last year, “I decided to involve myself and a few fellow students of my college to volunteer as a meal team for [the homeless youth organization] Teen Feed. Teen Feed responds to basic needs for homeless and at-risk youth across the city.” Together with her group of friends Allison made it a goal to pitch in where they could each month, “providing, preparing and serving the meals” — but they would need some help.
After writing into Random Acts and requesting funding, Allison and her fellow students were able to purchase enough supplies to feed 40 teens a home-cooked meal of sloppy joes, salads, cider, milk, and peanut butter bars.
“It went really well,” wrote Allison afterward. “All the volunteers had a great time preparing and cooking the food and the youths really loved the Sloppy Joes and peanut butter bars. Some came back not only for seconds but for thirds!”
In addition to being able to provide a healthy meal for those youth who might have otherwise been overlooked, Allison and her friends also gained valuable memories to propel them forward into future acts of kindness.
“Being able to serve our community and give kindness to the less fortunate was very fulfilling,” she wrote.
Find out more about Teen Feed on their website and see what you can do to help the homeless youth of your community.
This act of kindness was sponsored by Random Acts.
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