Hurricane Irma Update
We can never thank you enough for supporting our homeless kids during the most difficult time in their lives. Here is the latest update from the ground in Florida.
We don't have power in our Orlando or Fort Lauderdale shelters. The good news is, there is no material damage to our Orlando shelter. Unfortunately, Irma battered our roof and flooded the second floor bedrooms in Fort Lauderdale, where we house over 70 youth and babies. This is our third biggest mother-child site and the damage is substantial. We are working on getting our kids back in their rooms in the sections of the building that have not been damaged.
In addition to the immediate repairs needed, we must keep our doors open for the increasing number of kids who have been made homeless by the hurricanes.
It happens after every natural disaster — more homeless kids — and we are already seeing it in Texas and Florida. Some of the kids coming to us were living on the streets before the hurricanes, and the life-threatening circumstances brought them to us. Others will come to us because they were living temporarily with friends before the storms, or barely surviving abusive situations at home.
The reasons will vary, but all these kids will have one thing in common. They have no place else to go. And they will come to us.
You have stood in spirit with our heroic staff as they left their own homes and families to care for our homeless kids. You have made it possible for our emergency outreach teams to be on the dangerous streets to bring in more homeless youth during the height of the storms.
Your love, your support, is literally a lifeline for our homeless kids, during natural disasters and every other day of the year.
Please stand with us now, as we repair our shelters, and as more kids come to us for the help they can find no place else. Please help us and together we will go about the work of rebuilding the lives of some amazing, brave, resilient kids.