Friday, February 6, 2015

Connecting Galas and Homelessness

Yesterday I met with Look TV's, Jesse Jackson.What started out as a conversation about the Bartenders' Ball, turned to more serious topics as we talked about how funds from charitable events like the Bartenders' Ball support vital services. Jesse was surprised to hear that on just one day last year- in Saratoga County alone- we had 90+ teens 'couch surfing' because they were homeless and another 119 kids in families that didn't have stable homes. Those stats really hit home, as recently Jesse had spoken with a teen who hitchhikes to school some mornings (sometimes almost 20 miles) because he's sleeping in a different place each night.

As we're all complaining about the cold  and snowy weather as we travel from our warm homes to our cars, it's a real wake up call that we've got people in our community without homes and without heat.

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