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CFD: Community Youth Services (CYS), Helping young people find safety and stability

Every night, dozens of youth in South Sound need a safe place to sleep. It’s not easy, given that there are few shelter beds devoted to those who are under age 25. Adult homeless shelters leave youth feeling more vulnerable and desperate than they are already. Thankfully, more options are becoming available to end youth homelessness through the work of local non-profit Community Youth Services.

Adolescents become homeless for several reasons: abuse, neglect and trauma. They may live in an unstable home where they are abused sexually or physically, or their family suffers financially. 40% of the homeless are LBGTQ. An adolescent experiences many difficult situations at home; and their only solution is to escape and live on the street.

Non-profit organizations, such as Community Youth Services, are working toward decreasing the number of homeless youth on the streets. Since 2014, CYS has operated the only youth overnight shelters between Seattle and Portland, along the busy I-5 corridor, in Olympia and Tacoma.

Once the youth people find safety and stability, CYS helps them become contributing members of society. That is possible through the 20 integrated programs that help meet the needs of the youth people, such as mental health, housing and education/employment.

Please give!   CFD Charity Code #0319570.

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