|Address:||3671 5th Ave |
Sacramento, CA 95817
|County or Parish:||Sacramento|
|Primary NTEE:||Housing, Shelter|
|Sub NTEE:||Homeless Shelters|
Our top needs:
- Funding: Unrestricted - The homeless youth population has a distinctive set of needs related to education, employment, and mental and physical health, and Wind is the only organization working directly with youth experiencing homelessness in the greater Sacramento area.
- Funding: Program - Teen Drop-in Center
- Funding: Program - Emergency Shelter
- Funding: Program - Permanent Shelter
- Volunteers -
In addition, Wind provides a range of services to homeless and at-risk youth every day, including counseling, a health clinic, showers, laundry, computer access, and hope and support through youth advocates and outreach workers. Wind runs lean, operates smart, carries out work with a fiscal focus, and has a driven passion. I have been involved as a Wind board member for seven years. There are many reasons why I continue to be engaged and inspired by Wind. Mainly, it is that Wind is not turning their back on these youth. No one else in our region is doing the work done by Wind. It is not glamorous and it is often times heart wrenching. Wind is committed to these youth, treating each as an individual. I am always lifted by the smiles and spirit of the youth coming into the Center to seek refuge from the streets and the difficulties they face on a daily basis. It is inspiring to see their strength and resolve and witness the comfort and peace the security and services offered by Wind Youth Services provides them. Witnessing these moments of joy and "normalcy" with these great kids drives me to continue to volunteer and contribute to the life changing programs of Wind. Most of us on the Wind board have learned it takes very little to make a difference in the life of a homeless youth.