SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (November 2, 2017) — The Night at the Rare Breed is Friday, November 3rd and serves to create awareness of youth homelessness in our community. It occurs in conjunction with National Homeless Youth Awareness Month.
The average age of first-time homeless youth on their own in Springfield is only 16-years-old, and more than half of those who are homeless were kicked out of their homes. With no support system or money to live, it’s a terrifyingly brutal life on the streets. Imagine being a teenager who has nowhere safe to sleep, no food to eat and no way to stay warm. Currently, there are hundreds of homeless or at-risk youth ages 13 to 24 living on the streets of Springfield in this situation that need our help. Many of them suffer from abuse, mental illness and addiction, and they are continually faced with sexual exploitation and trafficking in this community. Please join us to take a stand in the fight against youth homelessness.
This year’s event takes place at the Rare Breed Youth Outreach Center, 301 N. Main. The Rare Breed Youth Outreach Center will host an open house and offer tours of the facility from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Community members will also have the chance to talk with volunteers who provide music and art therapy to the youth. This event provides an excellent opportunity for individual to meet The Kitchen, Inc.’s new CEO Meleah Spencer along with those serving on the Board of Trustees. Light refreshments provided by Wesley United Methodist Church will also be available. The open house and tours are free and open to all ages. Donations are encouraged.
Help prevent and end homelessness for our youth by attending The Night at Rare Breed.