The Child and Family Services (CFS) SleepOut is an annual event to raise local consciousness and funds to help youth homelessness in New Hampshire. The community truly came together to make SleepOut 2018 a major success. A total of $301,463 was raised to support youth homelessness; that’s 121% of their $250,000 goal!
Youth homelessness is not as obvious as one may believe. Kids with backpacks or walking down the street— homelessness could look differently for any child. Some go to school, some have jobs and some are escaping abusive or neglectful homes. Others struggle with trauma, mental illness, or addiction. Some are hungry, cold, and scared; taking desperate measures to survive. Most are flying under the radar of their own communities.
Child and Family Services has an array of services for young people experiencing homelessness. The CFS Street Outreach Team offers the basics to survive and resources to succeed. Runaway & Homeless Youth Program is another service, which provides crisis intervention, along with a Youth Resource Center where young people can access basic needs such as food, clothes, showers, laundry. What’s more, is they provide mental health counseling, substance misuse treatment, educational advocacy, and job skills training, which are life changing services. Their Transitional Living Program provides housing and support services as they advance toward independence and success.
Team Grappone played an active role in SleepOut 2018. Participants include Amanda Osmer, 4th Generation Steward, Scott Martin, Toyota Service Support Team Leader, and James Cortez, Toyota Parts Counter Representative. The Team slept out during the event in downtown Manchester on Friday, March 23rd from 9 pm to 5 am, in an effort to raise money and awareness. There were 125 community members on Friday night sleeping in the cold on tarps under a tent. Special guest Sleepers included Governor Sununu and Mayor Joyce Craig. The Grappone Team raised $2,530! Scott and James presented Child and Family Services with a total of $500 dollars donated through the Grappone in the Community program, on their behalf. Thanks for making a difference in your community Team Grappone!