Six Ways You Can Help End Youth Homelessness

Six Ways You Can Help End Youth Homelessness

“There is much suffering in the world. But the greatest suffering is being lonely, feeling unloved, having no one. I have come more and more to realize that it is being unwanted that is the worst disease that any human being can ever experience.”
Mother Teresa (1910-1998)


We live in a society faced with making clear choices. Our youth are struggling. What do we do? Leave them to fend for themselves? Look the other way? No! We can provide support to help them lead productive lives.

But how?

  • Volunteer your time
  • Write an article
  • Donate artwork, books
  • Donate clothing
  • Donate personal hygiene products
  • Prepare meals

I have no concept of what it’s like to have no one. I’m not afflicted with that “disease”.

Sunday evening, I’ll be served Thanksgiving dinner. Monday, I have the pleasure of preparing a meal for my parents who will be celebrating 56 years of wedded bliss.

As I stuff my face with turkey and ham, along with all the fixings, homeless youth will roam our streets. They are the unwanted, the unloved, the abused,—shivering out in the cold with empty stomachs, and emptier hearts.

What Can I Do To Help?

I can donate artwork to h’ART of the City, a fundraising event for The Refuge Youth Outreach Centre, and so can you. The Refuge is a registered Christian charitable organization dedicated to showing Christ’s unconditional love and kindness that offers grace to our homeless street youth regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, life situation, or creed.

d’Art of the City

How Does The Refuge Help?

In 2010, The Refuge interacted with 464 different youth,–9,087 times. The Refuge served 10,865 meals, developing relationships with 228 youth. The Refuge provides meals, clothing, personal hygiene products, hot showers, and laundry facilities. More than that, The Refuge is a safe and nurturing environment where our youth can begin to heal from horrific pasts, a place that offers hope for a new beginning.

To participate, please contact Genevieve Brydson, coordinator of h’ART of the City, at (905)404-2420.

Please download the poster and spread the word about h’ART of the City!

Another organization that is dear to my heart is The Warehouse Mission run by my friends Ron and Linda Farr. Ron, a retired executive and software engineer, and his wife Linda dedicate their lives to building a better world through Social Justice in Cabbagetown and St. James Town.

Please lend your support and leave a comment on Captain Ron’s blog.

If you don’t live in the greater Toronto area,—no worries. There are plenty of worthy organizations. Here are three additional links you might like to investigate.

The Emily Fund

Homelessness in Canada Resource

Homelessness in the United States

Together, let’s stamp out homelessness!

 Have a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving!




35 Responses

  1. Brought a tear to my eye…………seriously. So beautifully put and with such perspective. As you know The Refuge is so very near and dear to my heart and you have become a great friend to them. Thanks for all you do and Happy thanksgiving.

  2. I think it’s good if we all do what we can where we are, whatever that may be. Just let the Lord lead you. Have a wonderful thanksgiving everyone!

    • Thanks for leaving your comment. I forget to mention, your onion soup recipe looked delicious and for someone like me who doesn’t like cooking, it doesn’t appear too difficult.

  3. This was a wonderful post, Tracy, a heartfelt reminder. We have served pre-Thanksgiving dinners in the basement of our church and are touched by the feeling of family that comes when strangers sit at tables together, talking and passing food to one another. The doors are open for the homeless and those who might be alone or just want to join us. It’s a special meal.

    • Marylin, thank you for sharing your experience. I definitely think it’s better to give than to receive. Actually, when I do that I’m the one who reaps the benefits.

  4. This is a beautiful post! It’s so important to reach out and help others!
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