Shelter Youth Participate in Candlelight Vigil
On November 21, 2017, the youth of YFA's RAP House (New Port Richey) and New Beginnings Youth Shelter (Brooksville) met at the RAP House to participated in a candlelight vigil to show solidarity with all runaways. During the event, shelter staff took the opportunity to dialogue with the youth on the realities of living as a runaway, the increased risks of endangerment, physical and sexual abuse, and exploitation. In addition, information of support for runaway youth was shared, which includes the system of runaway shelters across the state and country, of which these shelters are a part.
YFA's G.W. Harris, Jr. Runaway and Youth Crisis Shelter, The New Beginnings Youth Shelter and The RAP House serve the runaway youth of Polk, Hardee, Highlands, Pasco, Hernando, Citrus and Sumter Counties in West Central Florida. These shelters often accept youth from outside of these counties, as well. Open 24/7, the staff ensure that our runaway youth are provided a "safe place."
Last year, our three shelters helped 991 youth who were in need of shelter.
In addition to our dedicated staff, all three shelters have a core of committed volunteers who provide meals, cash donations, fund raising events and other support as needed.
According to their website, "National Runaway Prevention Month is spearheaded each year by the National Runaway Safeline (NRS) and National Network for Youth (NN4Y). The goals of NRPM are two-fold: 1) To raise awareness of the runaway and homeless youth crisis and the issues that these young people face and 2) To educate the public about solutions and the role they can play in ending youth homelessness."
Let us know if you would like to be involved or would like more information about our youth crisis shelters.