NewsFeed @ Youth In Need | June 2017

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NewsFeed @ Youth In Need | June 2017

NewsFeed @ Youth In Need | June 19, 2017

Help Us End Youth Homelessness

Back in 1974, Youth In Need began as a small nonprofit that provided one program—emergency shelter to runaway and homeless youth. Today, it has exploded into a regional multi-service agency that serves more than 12,000 children, youth and families each year.

And yet runaway and homeless youth programming remains a cornerstone of Youth In Need’s service spectrum as it has through the agency’s entire 43 years of existence. Not only does Youth In Need still operate a 12-bed emergency shelter, but programming also includes a mobile street outreach program, transitional housing for older runaway and homeless youth and the largest Safe Place program in the country.

It would be nearly impossible to total the number of youth who’ve been positively impacted by Youth In Need’s runaway and homeless youth programs over the years. But it’s certain that these programs have changed lives, even saved lives. And saving lives costs money.

  •  $20 produces one Street Outreach Program survival kit.
  • $42 feeds one youth at the Emergency Shelter for a week.
  • $125 runs one Street Outreach Program van for one week.
  • $196 shelters one youth for one day at the Emergency Shelter.
  • $225 operates our alternative education program for one day.

These are just some of the costs associated with running these programs, and we need your help to ensure these vital services continue.

If not us, who? If not now, when?

Make your gift today! 


Tee Off for a Great Cause

Golf with us! Youth In Need’s 20th annual McCarthy Holdings Inc., Golfing for Youth Benefit Tournament, presented by Centene Charitable Foundation, is Monday, August 7 at Whitmoor Country Club in St. Charles.

We’d love your help! Here are a few ways to support the tournament:

For more information about any of these opportunities, visit or contact Alicia Rosier, Annual Fund Director, at 636-757-9346 or


Get Your Chance to Win a Great Getaway

The Winner’s Choice Raffle is back at this year’s Golfing for Youth Benefit Tournament! Tickets are $100 each, and only 100 tickets will be sold. The grand prize winner will choose between one of five amazing getaways or $3,000 cash. There are cash prizes for second and third place as well.

This year’s trips include a golf getaway to Pebble Beach, a weekend stay in New York, a wine tasting escape in Sonoma and San Francisco, a ski adventure in Lake Tahoe and a sunny getaway in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Learn more about your amazing getaways and purchase your chance to win today.

The drawing takes place on Monday, August 7, and you need not be present to win.

Pat’s Chat: Wonder Woman

Like the rest of the country, I went to see the movie Wonder Woman recently, and I loved it! It was exciting to see a powerful female superhero who was strong and sensitive, courageous and compassionate, and could fight evil without breaking a sweat. Two days later, I was privileged to meet a real-life Wonder Woman, the Honorable Frankie Muse Freeman, a national leader in the Civil Rights Movement.

Rob Muschany, Youth In Need’s Chief Development Officer, and I attended the 72nd NCCJ St. Louis Brotherhood and Sisterhood Award Celebration, and we had the honor of being seated at Mrs. Freeman’s table. Rob, who serves on the NCCJ board, said “It’s not too often you have the opportunity to meet living history, to shake hands and thank someone whose impact on our country has been so profound and yet is so tightly entwined with St. Louis. Here was this amazing centenarian, with a list of accomplishments a mile long, still actively participating in the life of St. Louis as we gathered to celebrate six honorees who were continuing her example of making our community more just, more equitable, more inclusive. It was a heart-filled evening.”

Mrs. Freeman is 100 years old, and while admittedly somewhat frail, is still obviously a force to be reckoned with. Elegant and gracious, she greeted the many people who came to pay their respects to this beloved St. Louis icon. Her legacy includes being the lead attorney for a landmark case that ended legal racial discrimination in public housing in St. Louis, and being the first African-American woman on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, where she served under four presidents, among many other accomplishments. At the age of 95, she was still practicing law and active in the community and the country. At a celebration of her 100th birthday last fall, Adolphus Pruitt, President of the St. Louis City NAACP, said, “Attorney Frankie Muse Freeman tackled civil rights issues like the work of a blacksmith, forging a brighter future for society and bending the iron will of those who would oppose such.”

Along with so many others, I am profoundly grateful to Mrs. Freeman for her incredible life of service, which serves as a reminder of how far we have come and how far we still have to go.

Here's a link if you'd like to learn about this extraordinarily wonderful woman.  


Bike Run Benefits Lincoln County Head Start

A large group of motorcycle enthusiasts will hit the road from Moscow Mills to Elsberry on Sunday, July 30 for the fifth annual Christmas in July bike run. Chariots of Fire Customs LLC, Iron Cross Liquor and Tattooed Lady Bar & Grill are gearing up for the ride to raise money for families in Youth In Need’s Lincoln County Head Start and Early Head Start program, like the Murray family.

Harold Murray and his three daughters move to Missouri last fall in order to escape an unsafe living situation. Because the move was quick, the family had very little to help them begin their new life. Harold’s three-year-old daughter Airies has renal problems and has had several surgeries with more still to come. His second daughter, Willow, will turn three soon. Not long after their move, Harold applied to the Lincoln County Head Start and Early Head Start program and soon began receiving weekly 90-minute home visits with a Family Educator. The Family Educator worked with Harold to get secure household goods, clothes and establish a good routine at home. Harold and his daughters also received assistance through the Christmas in July Bike Run. During the application process, Harold revealed he is illiterate. He is now learning his letters and to read right alongside his girls during his weekly home visits.

One hundred percent of the money raised will help provide families like the Murrays with assistance during the Christmas season. For more information or to register to ride, call 636-775-1385, or make a cash donation online.

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