Hundreds of youth are touched each month as survival kits, as well as bagged meals are distributed. Loss of the SOS program means that there will be no clear way to provide critical services to homeless and runaway youth (RHY). Nightly, over the last 17 years, the SOS team took to the streets to find and talk to 11-21 year old homeless and runaway youth to get them off the streets and into safe housing. Last year over 200 youth were moved into stable housing. SOS also runs several Drop-In Centers in the area to give RHY a safe place to get a meal, talk to others and get counseling.
In order to continue the critical services that this outreach program provides, Fresno EOC is launching a fundraising campaign, #SaveSOS, to raise $200,000 to fund and sustain the program through 2016. The fundraiser will run during the month of November, which is National Runaway Prevention Month. SOS is looking to community members to “sponsor” a youth for $1,000. Information about the fundraiser can be found on the Fresno EOC website at http://www.fresnoeoc.org/sos.