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SleepOut recap 2019

WAYPOINT SLEEPOUT 2019 tops $333,000

On March 22, about 126 people slept outside on the cold, wet ground, through whipping winds, in downtown Manchester. They were a part of Waypoint’s 5th annual SleepOut to raise funds and awareness to aid New Hampshire’s homeless youth. So far, they’ve raised more than $333,000.

This year, Governor Chris Sununu, Manchester Mayor Joyce Craig, and Congressman Chris Pappas, were among the sleepers. They joined several prominent business leaders including major sponsors, PROCON, Bank of America, Velcro USA, Alumni Ventures Group, Rockport Mortgage Corporation, Eversource, United Healthcare, M&T Bank, and media partner Rock 101, as well as Waypoint trustee and fundraising star, Lou Kaucic, of the Lakes Region.

Proceeds from the Waypoint SleepOut will help the agency in its efforts to prevent youth homelessness, address the needs of youth who become homeless, redirect the lives of New Hampshire’s homeless youth, and empower them to become self-sufficient, contributing members of the community.

RELIVE THE NIGHT. CLICK HERE. Many thanks to our sleepers for submitting photos, and to our wonderful event photographer, Tom Kallechey.

What does youth homelessness look like? You can't always tell. Kids with backpacks, walking down the street---could be any kid. Some are in school. Some have jobs. Some are escaping abusive or neglectful homes, and some have been rejected from their own families for being different. Some struggle with trauma or mental illness, and others still, with addiction. Some are hungry, cold, and scared. Some are taking desperate measures to survive. And most of them are flying under the radar of their own communities.

Currently, 1 in 10 young adults, ages 18 to 25, and 1 in 30 adolescents ages 13 to 17, endures some form of homelessness in America. On average, Waypoint provides assistance to, and works to stabilize the lives of over 1,500 runaway, homeless, and at-risk youth each year in NH.

Programs are funded through a combination of government grants and philanthropic support. HOWEVER, with the loss of federal grants to support these services, we turn to you, our community for help. If you believe that NO ONE should be homeless, please join us in the Waypoint SleepOut. Be part of the solution. #NoRestUntil

Keynote: Professor Dolores Acevedo-Garcia

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