EXETER —Waypoint, formerly Child and Family Services of NH, presents a community information night on Wed., June 12, 6:30 7:30 p.m., to recruit host homes for the Seacoast area's homeless youth. The event is being held at the Exeter YMCA, 56 Linden Street, Exeter, and is free and open to the public. No registration is needed.
According to a recent national study by Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, it is estimated that 1 in 10 young adults, ages 18 to 25, and 1 in 30 adolescents, ages 13-17, endures some form of homelessness. Waypoint is the only provider of a continuum of services for runaway and homeless youth across the state. Last year, the agency served approximately 1,500 youth who were experiencing some form of homelessness. Currently, there are no shelters dedicated to this population in NH.
Host homes will help bridge the gap, providing a safe, stable environment for a short period of time while efforts are made to transition the youth to longer-term solutions for their safety, well-being, and success. Host families receive on-going support from Waypoint, and the rewards of effecting positive change in the life of local youth.
For further information on Waypoint's programs, visit www.waypointnh.org.