In the United States –
4.2 million young people face homelessness;
1 million teens, ages 13 – 17 endure some form of homelessness;
5,000 of those die every year
13 died TODAY; 13 more will die tomorrow.
“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.” Matthew 25:35 and 36 NABRE
I volunteer with StandUp for Kids Tucson, an organization that focuses on Street Outreach and Housing Support. As a Street Outreach volunteer, I, along with other Street Outreach volunteers walk the streets in known “hotspots” and other areas where homeless youth congregate, to give out food, clothing, hygiene products, and resource information. StandUp for Kids makes it a point to be accessible at consistent times each week in order to build relationships with homeless youth and help ensure they get connected to programs and important community resources that we trust. Our mission: To end the cycle of youth homelessness. StandUp for Kids does what we’re all called to do in Matthew 25:35 and 36, and you can help.
Brothers, in the past, you and your councils have been a great source of support for StandUp for Kids Tucson, whether it was by coming out to the golf tournament in April 2019 or Oktoberfest in September 2019, hosted by council 5133, or just making a simple donation. You may recall Kim Sisson, the Executive Director for StandUp for Kids Tucson speak at a Chapter meeting, bringing with her a host of volunteers that included PGK Julian Ramirez from council 16061, the University of Arizona council, and myself. Thank you to all of you who may have come out for a day of golfing or a night of brats, beer, and Polkas. As we all know well, the COVID-19 pandemic has made it difficult for organizations to hold fundraising events. StandUp for Kids Tucson has an innovative opportunity for the Knights of Columbus to support StandUp for Kids….. and drink wine.
On Saturday, April 17th, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM, join StandUp For Kids Tucson for StandUp and Sip, an online wine tasting event. Certified Sommeliers, Sharon Liebeskind and Dylan Higgins will give the history and pairings for 3 wines. StandUp for Kids will lead you through the life of a street kid without you ever leaving your home! Wine for the event is included and will be available for pick up. We’ll let you know when and where to pick up your wine before the online event. Tickets are $100 for 2 people. There is a limited number of tickets available, so get yours before the event sells out!
Street Outreach Volunteer
StandUp for Kids Tucson
Regina Cleri Council 5133