This week, Kristen speaks with Shawn Mack - the Development Officer and Alyssa Weinfurtner the Street Outreach Supervisor at Valley Youth House. Valley Youth House operates in 14 counties, touching over 30,000 youth and families every year. The organization has been there for young people with no where else to turn as a safe harbor for over 45 years - operating shelters and emergency shelters and offering child mentoring, supportive housing, summer camps, mentoring, life skills training, treatment, therapeutic services, street outreach and family based mental health services. Hear about what they do and how you can help, as well as information on the Philadelphia Point-in-Time Count of all homeless individuals living on the streets, un-sheltered, or in temporary shelter housing. Valley Youth House’s part in this is called Youth Count. Find more at www.ValleyYouthHouse.org.
Then hear Matt Cord as he speaks with Lucy Noland from Fox 29 and her good friend Stephanie Sena, a Villanova Professor and the Founder and CEO of SREHUP (Student-Run Emergency Housing Unit of Philadelphia). They are opening up the first ever homeless emergency housing east of the west coast - that is pet friendly. The shelter is homey and filled with games and music and programs that will help its residents to get back on their feet. It will have rooms for family, and all pets are welcome. Find out more information and how you can help at https://www.facebook.com/SREHUP/.