Pat’s Chat: Heroes Work Here
As our country is in the grips of the Coronavirus pandemic, many hospitals are putting up signs in recognition of the truly heroic work of our healthcare providers, as they sacrifice so much to save so many. They are certainly on the very front lines and deserve our utmost respect and heartfelt prayers.
While our work at Youth In Need is different, it is also life-saving in so many ways, and our staff are all heroes to me and to the children, youth and families that they are impacting, especially these days. They’re a lifeline for parents experiencing harrowing poverty, unemployment, living in crowded conditions and struggling to meet basic needs. They’re a safety net for youth experiencing homelessness, sex trafficking and exploitation. They’re a connection for LGBTQ youth who are isolated without support. They’re counseling hundreds of children and youth who are grappling with anxiety and depression, and they’re ensuring that children who’ve experienced abuse and neglect are safe. They’re engaging the minds and hearts of young children, and helping family members deal with their emotions and communicate in healthy ways. And they are doing all of this often while educating and caring for their own children and families, as well as dealing with their own very human emotions and sometimes very challenging life circumstances.
Maya Angelou said, “I think a hero is any person really intent on making this a better place for all people.” Youth In Need staff are just that.
Save the Date for Give STL Day
Youth In Need is joining the St. Louis Community Foundation and hundreds of other nonprofits on Thursday, May 7, for the single biggest day of charitable giving in St. Louis. Support Youth In Need during this day-long giving event by visiting Youth In Need's donation page on givestlday.org. You also can give early to the campaign now through May 6 as well.
COVID-19 Postpones YPG Trivia Night
Save the new date! Youth In Need’s Young Professionals Group’s annual trivia night, originally scheduled for last week, has been moved to Friday, September 18, 2020, at the Bridgeton Recreation Center. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., and trivia will begin at 7 p.m. Watch for registration to open soon.