Youth Experiencing Homelessness
This year, the Tzedek Council will be partnering with Larkin Street Youth Services and the City of San Francisco to reduce the number of youth experiencing homelessness and we would love for you to participate with us in this tikkun olam. See below for ways to get involved.
Email Rebecca Reiner for more information.
Tzedek Council’s MAY DRIVE:
Help SF Homeless Youth Transition into their New Homes with Welcome Basket items
Building on the spirit of Passover where Jews settled in a new land after a period of wandering, please join the organizers of the Women, Family, and Adult Seders as well as the Preschool and Extended Day Care as we collect items needed by Larkin Street Youth Services. In these months, we will be compiling new-home “welcome baskets” to help Larkin Street graduates get settled in their new homes, easing the transition to life on their own. The beneficiaries will have successfully completed Larkin Street’s program, which provides housing, education, employment training, and health and wellness support to help young people get off the street for good.
Our goal is to assemble 30 Welcome Baskets to help get their new independent lives off to a good start and ensure that these resilient young people do indeed stay in stable housing for the long-term. Please refer to the following wishlists at Amazon and Target for the types and numbers of items we need to make 30 welcome baskets. As always, feel free to purchase items wherever you choose but we ask you first check the wishlists to see what is still needed. You’ll find quantities listed for the following items that will change over time just like a Wedding or Baby Registry.
Thank you for being part of this great mitzvah.
Bring one or more of these items to the Temple Emanu-El office:
- Small cleaning supplies – Kitchen & bath
- Laundry hamper
- Laundry Detergent
- Gift card to purchase items to make the space their own
Have questions? Contact Rebecca Reiner
Sunday Dinners at G-House (April -June 2019 dates are now open!)
Sunday evenings, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Run by the Larkin Street Youth Services G-House, a 20-bed housing program for San Francisco homeless young adults (ages 18-24, transitioning from adolescence to adulthood), provides residents tools to remove the obstacles in their life which threaten a successful transition to independent living. Emanu-El has partnered with G-House to support the youth integrating into the community by bringing volunteers on Sunday evenings to cook, eat, and build meaningful relationships with the residents.
It was a pure pleasure to be with the team at Ghouse on Sunday night. Like with most volunteering, I think I got more than I gave. Seeing these amazing youth how they are trying to navigate their lives was inspiring. What a privilege to be able to bring some lasagna, salad and amazing snacks to fill their bellies and have authentic conversations. It made me proud to be part of the Emanuel community
– Emanu-El volunteer
Our youth really enjoy volunteers cooking (bringing dinners too) for them, taking time out of their busy lives and engaging in their home. As you can see our residents are amazing human beings, strong, bright and talented! It’s a beautiful thing to see different cultures, community getting together and breaking bread so to speak and filling the room with pure unconditional love and humanity. Thank you all!
On Yom Kippur Day, The Tzedek Council’s program, A Conversation with Youth Experiencing Homelessness in Our City*, brought over 200 Emanu-El community members together to discuss how we can help these youth in our city. View photos below and listen to a recording of the program here.
*The panel included:
· Inspirational youth who have experienced homelessness and are connected to Larkin Street Youth Services;
· Congregation Emanu-El’s Rabbi Jason Rodich & Rabbi Ryan Bauer
· Jeff Kositsky (moderator), Emanu-El congregant and Director of the San Francisco Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing; and
· Dr. Colette Auerswald, Pediatrician and Associate Professor in Community Health Sciences at the School of Public Health at UC Berkeley. She has over 20 years’ experience in the clinical care of marginalized youth in San Francisco.
“The Homeless discussion was quite educational and thought provoking. The young speakers and the female expert had a significant impact on our day and permanently in our hearts and minds”
“It really was inspiring to see so many people show up to talk about how to address youth homelessness in SF”
“People that I didn’t know who happened to attend were talking about it, and saying “did you go to this awesome panel, wow”
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