Help us Open a New Home for Homeless Youth
Matching Gift Challenge -
We received two incredibly generous donations to support the Transitional Home for Young Men. $50,000 from the B. W. Bastian Foundation and $50,000 from the LGBT Community Endowment Fund at the Community Foundation of Utah. The two foundations have joined their gifts to provide a $100,000 matching gift challenge to the community. They will match dollar for dollar up to $100,000 of community donations that go to support the project.
Why Support the Project? -
"First, I believe everyone should at least have a chance at life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Homeless youth who are forced to live on the street don't have that chance. I believe we should try to give them that chance. By neglecting the homeless problems of our youth, we are pushing their problems forward. Their lives will be less productive if they remain homeless and on the street. With this project we can offer them hope and a way to change their lives. The fact that over 40% of the homeless youth are on the street because they are “not straight” sickens me. I believe the LGBTQ community owes it to these kids to show them there is love for them. We also need to education the parents and families of these kids to the truth so that fewer and fewer of these kids end up homeless. Above all, I believe the LGBTQ community needs to show society as a whole that we believe in happiness and equality for everyone and not just gay people.” Bruce Bastian, B. W. Bastian Foundation
"The LGBT community is committed to the health and wellbeing of all of our young people. No child should be without a loving, nurturing environment, including the 42% of homeless youth who are gay, lesbian and transgendered. We are thrilled to be a part of this project, which will give all kids a place to call home and receive the support they need and every child deserves." John Barabino, Chair, LGBT Community Endowment Fund at the Community Foundation of Utah.
"It's taken time, hard work, money and prayer for the vision of a Salt Lake Transition Home for Young Men to ripen into a reality. We honor the compassion, understanding and desire Volunteers of America's staff and volunteers who've committed themselves to this venture. It is a blessing for us to join you! The project touches John deeply because he remembers longing for safety as a homeless teen on the streets in East Haven, Connecticut. He wasn't just hoping for a place to sleep where he'd be warm and the roof didn't leak, or for a bathroom to use, or a meal of cereal with milk... though those things were a daily concern. He also desperately yearned to be free from physical and emotional abuse, and for the encouragement of someone who believed in him. We look forward to Volunteers of America having a Transition Home, a place to be where homeless youth needn't live in fear or worry about basic survival, and where a culture of love and support will allow them to value their lives and grow into healthy, compassionate adults.” John Netto & Rev. Catherine Putnam-Netto