Photo courtesy of: http://ncfy.acf.hhs.gov/features/serving-youth-economic-downturn/youth-homelessness-todays-tough-economy

Photo courtesy of: http://ncfy.acf.hhs.gov/features/serving-youth-economic-downturn/youth-homelessness-todays-tough-economy

Everyday we hear or see problems or issues others are facing. We can easily explain away our lack of involvement in the problem at hand. We can easily say, we are too far away to get involved. We can easily say, there is nothing we can do. We can easily say, we don’t know how to get involved and help.

These are all excuses, covering up for us when we don’t want to get involved. In reality, it is very easy for us to get involved in helping homeless youth. Especially, here in central Florida. At Grace Landing, we have multiple opportunities which would allow you to get involved in the life of our homeless (and foster youth). Here are a couple of ways you can get involved:

  1. Grocery Shopping – Our youth are on their own when it comes to grocery shopping. Most of our youth work so they have the funds to provide for themselves, but who doesn’t appreciate an unexpected gift of some groceries. Additionally, our youth could use some help in meal planning, budgeting to get the most out of their grocery money, and thinking through healthy eating (who knew Ramen noodles is NOT healthy eating?!?). This is a very simple, yet easy way to get involved.
  2. Tutoring – This summer, two-thirds of our youth are enrolled in classes at Valencia. If your first couple of years in college were anything like mine, you know our youth could use a little extra help in ensuring their school work is done on time and to the standards of the professor. One hour a week or every other week would go a long way to helping propel them forward.
  3. Job Searching Skills – Two-thirds of our youth currently have jobs, but one of the things we have noticed over the last year or so is that our youth have needed some assistance when looking for a job. One of our youth recently went to 20 interviews before being hired. This is good and bad. It is good because his resume and application were able to get him to an interview, but also bad because 19 employers didn’t see his potential. Taking a little time and investing in the life of our youth, can be helpful in developing the personal skills they need to get hired.
  4. Mentoring – One of the greatest needs of our youth is for a strong male role model in their life. Our youth haven’t had the strong brother or father figure in their life to help them as they transition into manhood. At Grace Landing, we believe it is critical to have a role model who can assist our youth in gaining a proper understanding of what it means to be a man. Concepts like responsibility, integrity, honesty and reliability. The impact made by a mentor, could be the most influential impact these youth experience.

As you can see, this problem isn’t far away. It isn’t complicated or difficult to get involved. All it takes is for us to love and care for these youth as though they were our own children.

Are you willing to get involved?

Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world. James 1:27