Save the Date for a McFun Night Fundraiser to benefit Sanctuary Youth Shelter.
November 30th from 5 pm to 8 pm.
6768 N. Cedar Ave., Fresno
(Cedar and Herndon)
Fresno EOC Sanctuary Youth Shelter is hosting a fundraiser to raise awareness of youth runaway issues and to educate the Fresno community about solutions that help prevent youth from running away.
“Between 1.6 and 2.8 million youth run away in a year in the United States,” said Michelle L. Tutunjian, Fresno EOC Sanctuary Director. “There are youth in our community today who have either run or are thinking of leaving home. This event is a way for us to bring light to this issue and to prevent this from happen to youth in our community.”
Those interested in participating in the McFun night can visit the McDonald’s Restaurant on Cedar and Herndon to order food and learn more about helping prevent runaways.
“It is important we let youth know that if they are in a rough spot, they have a safe place to stay and they can get some help figuring out their next steps,” Chrystal Streets, Program Manager, Fresno EOC Sanctuary Youth Shelter.
Fresno EOC Sanctuary Youth Shelter’s event occurs as part of November’s National Runaway Prevention Month, a national initiative sponsored by the National Runaway Safeline (NRS) and the National Network for Youth (NN4Y). Other events which were held include Fresno City and Fresno County proclamation of National Runaway Prevention month, the Homeless Connect event to provide information about community services to homeless individuals, and social media initiatives to discussion NRPM.
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About Fresno EOC Sanctuary Youth Shelter: Fresno EOC Sanctuary Youth Shelter, established in 1992, is the only self-referral emergency shelter between Bakersfield and Stockton and is recognized as a Safe Place for runaway, homeless, exploited or displaced youth ages 12-17 (18 if still in high school). The shelter is located in Fresno, and accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Youth are provided a hot meal, clothing, crisis intervention, case management, counseling, and family re-unification (when appropriate). Youth can access the Sanctuary Youth Shelter on a referral or walk-in basis, by accessing one of over 273 Safe Place sites located in Fresno County, or by calling 1-800-820-4YOU(4968). More information at FresnoEOC.org/sanctuary-youth-shelter.
About National Runaway Safeline (NRS): The National Runaway Safeline, established in 1971, serves as the federally-designated national communication system for homeless and runaway youth. Recognized as the oldest hotline of its kind in the world, NRS, with the support of more than 150 volunteers, handles an average of 100,000 calls annually. NRS provides crisis intervention, referrals to local resources, and education and prevention services to youth, families and community members throughout the country 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Over 10,000 youth have been reunited with their families through the NRS Home Free program done in collaboration with Greyhound Lines, Inc. The NRS crisis hotline is 1-800-RUNAWAY. For information, visit 1800RUNAWAY.org.
About National Network for Youth (NN4Youth): The National Network for Youth, founded in 1975, is a membership organization comprised of youth-serving agencies, young people, youth workers, and youth advocates who seek to ensure that all young people can be safe and lead healthy and productive lives. The National Network focuses its work with and for youth, especially those who, because of life circumstance, disadvantage, past abuse, or prejudice, need greater opportunities and supports to become contributing members of their communities. For more information visit nn4youth.org