Socks in Short Supply This Winter
On at least three days a week, Teen Feed’s Street Talk Outreach Program (STOP) hits the U-District streets with food and socks to give away as they meet homeless young people in the streets and alleys where they spend time. We see it as an opportunity to connect with the most at-risk youth, who, as a result of past trauma, may be more distrustful of adults and more resistant to accessing traditional social services than their peers.
The STOP team has noticed an incredible increase in the number of contacts we make with youth during outreach. By the end of 2014, STOP is now on target to make nearly 2,400 contacts with homeless youth through outreach, which is a 50% increase from last year! That means STOP will distribute 50% more socks this year as well! That’s a lot of socks!
With the winter months fast approaching, youth need dry, warm socks now more than ever. Current supplies will not last long!
Teen Feed’s STOP team relies on generous community members like you to supply the basic needs items that homeless youth so desperately need. Here are three ways to get involved.
- Purchase socks and other basic-needs items and donate them yourself.
- Host your own basic-needs drive and get your friends, family and co-workers to contribute.
- Donate money directly to Teen Feed for the specific purpose of purchasing items for STOP. Just be sure to write “basic-needs” in the “Fund Designation” field so that we know to assign your gift to basic-needs.
All three ways of giving are vital to the success of this program, and every single donation received will help keep a homeless, young person warm and dry this winter. Please consider giving the gift of protection from severe weather this winter.