“I tried to remember who I wanted to be. Where I came from before my name shriveled under the labels of “at-risk, runaway, throwaway, trash”. – a homeless youth
Homelessness Robs Kids of their Hope and Their Future. Port in the Storm is a “port in the storm of life” for youth who have fallen through the cracks. They say that the opposite of love in not hate, but indifference. No one cared if they came home and what was going on at home was often scarier than the streets. Now they are on the streets and more alone than ever.
They are no longer kids. They are hurt. They are tough. They are angry. They are lost. This is the last chance to help them before they spiral down into the pit of chronic homelessness, mental illness or suicide. Port in the Storm is a safe place off the streets for homeless/unaccompanied youth in crisis. Caring adults provide stability, hope and a path to successful future through Positive Youth Development programming.
Located at 1375 Arapaho Avenue, day drop-in services are provided from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily including life skills, basic needs, job skills, housing assistance and more. Port in the Storm now provides 16 beds for those youth needing a place to stay. Your gift can be the difference between a desperate situation and hope. Your gift can help break the cycle of homelessness of our youth in St. Johns County. You can transform a child’s life.
For more information contact Karen Hensel, Assistant Director, at Karen.Hensel@stfrancisshelter.org or 904.824.8987, ext. 4.