NATIONAL WALK TO SAVE HOMELESS YOUTH will be held on Saturday, October 19th.
Compass House and Plymouth Crossroads has organized this awareness walk to increase the knowledge of area youth, young adults and families on the plight of homeless youth and promote the walk participants’ engagement with local agencies and resources. Other cities across the nation will be participating in locally planned walks united by one purpose - raise awareness about runaway and homeless youth in our communities.
The Buffalo leg of the Walk will assemble at the Compass House Emergency Shelter located at 370 Linwood Avenue at 11am. Walk participants and volunteers will walk approximately 0.7 miles down Linwood Ave, to Summer St over to the American Red Cross Training Building located at 786 Delaware Ave.
At the conclusion of the walk participants will be welcomed in for a 30-45 minute program that includes the showing of the Hidden Homeless video (25 min) created by Nadia Pizarro and Mouse Media Productions on the lives of homeless youth and youth serving-agencies in Buffalo working to make a difference (including Compass House, TRY, the Franciscan Center and Plymouth Crossroads), testimonies of 1-2 local formerly homeless youth and will end with a call to action (get educated, get invested, get active). Coffee and refreshments will be served. Space for information tables will be offered to youth-serving agencies and attendees will be able to donate personal care items (soap, deodorant, clothing, toothbrushes, packaged underwear, etc.) that will be divided between agencies.
When & Where
Compass House & Plymouth Crossroads
Compass House provides safe shelter and services to runaway, homeless, and at-risk youth. Compass House Emergency Shelter is a 13 bed, co-educational facility for Runaway or Homeless youth ages 12-17. It is located at 370 Linwood Avenue in Buffalo, NY. Compass House Resource Center is located at 1451 Main Street, Buffalo, NY and provides 14–21 year olds who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless with non-residential services, which include advocacy with area agencies, referrals for services, individual, family, and group counseling, as well as independent living assistance, resume-writing, and recreational activities.
Plymouth Crossroads is a not-for-profit organization which welcomes disconnected, abused and homeless young men ages 16-20. We provide a safe home and caring staff that help youth develop their own plan for an independent path to their future. Our transitional program offers support for education, job training & placement and life skills support at no cost.