Through your generous support, Synergy's Youth Resiliency Center (YRC) continues to make a difference to the homeless youth of Kansas City. As of October, 2010 this facility has provided emergency shelter to 420 youth while 24 have participated in the Transitional Living Program and are working toward independent living.
Homelessness is on the rise across the country, Kansas City is no exception. Our Street Outreach team, which provides basic necessities like food, water, clothing, blankets and hygiene products, continues to canvas the streets of Greater Kansas City helping homeless youth. We have assisted 2,851 youth this year, which is a 75% increase from 2009, and we still have the winter months ahead. We are pleased to report that 111 youth have left the streets due to the efforts of this team in conjunction with the YRC.
Other services provided through the YRC include quality medical and dental services for homeless teens. In 2010, 209 youth have received dental services, 387 youth have received mental health and case management services, and 106 youth have received medical services.
Recently a young man residing in our new Synergy House shelter was taking Congressman Emanuel Cleaver on a tour. He was showing him around and pointing out all the services, when suddenly he stopped, turned to him, and said “I just want you to know that two weeks ago I was living behind a dumpster and now I’m taking a Congressman on a tour of this awesome place that was built to help me change my life…I will never be the same person again.” It is so moving to hear kids who have not had a safe comfortable place to live or caring parents to take care of them share how much it means to know that the community valued them enough to build the campus.
We thank you for partnering with us in our mission to make these teens safe today and strong tomorrow.
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