Stephen Wade Auto Center is partnering with three Washington County charities dedicated to helping the homeless and at risk youth in Washington County this Holiday Season.
On behalf of the Washington County School District, Youth Futures and Switchpoint, each Stephen Wade Auto Center dealership is collecting supplies needed to help the individuals each of these organizations serves. Located inside all Stephen Wade dealerships are wish trees with tags that include specific items needed at each non-profit organization. Donations will be accepted beginning November 26th (Black Friday) until December 17th.
This is the 4th year Stephen Wade Auto Center has collected items at all of their dealerships for at risk youth. According to Mike Carr, Homeless Liaison for the Washington County School District, “There are 470 at risk or homeless youth who live within the boundaries of the Washington County School District. Out of those, 386 or (82%) of them are doubled up with another family. Forty two or (9%) are living in hotels/motels. Sixteen or (3.4%) are living in one of our shelters (Switchpoint, DOVE Center or Youth Futures). Twenty five or (5.3%) are living in their car, park, campground, public place or literally camping. Four or (.8%) of them are living in a place without adequate water, heat, electricity, or a toilet.”
Just to give perspective, 473 students would be the size of Heritage Elementary’s total student body. Can you imagine a whole school of students who are living in a homeless situation? A student living in homelessness has the same basic needs as any other student in the Washington County School District, i.e. nice clean clothing, a warm jacket/coat, food, shampoo, a hair brush, soap, toothpaste, deodorant, a pillow & blanket and a safe place to sleep. If these basic needs are met, the student can focus on learning at school and not whether they will have food to eat or a place to stay for the night.
The Wish trees are similar to angel trees where you choose a tag off the tree, purchase the item and deliver it to any Stephen Wade dealership including Mercedes-Benz of St. George. All items donated will be disbursed to the Washington County School District, Youth Futures, and Switchpoint. Much needed items include: warm blankets, adult and children size sleeping bags, coats, jackets, hoodies, warm gloves, socks, cleaning supplies, cold medicine, chlorox wipes, hand sanitizer, bleach, and paper products.
The Stephen Wade Dealerships provide a convenient drop off location to collect these much needed supplies to support the efforts of SwitchPoint, Youth Futures, and Washington County School District. On December 17th the Stephen Wade Organization will deliver the supplies to all three organizations to disperse the items prior to Christmas.
Jamie Bahlmann, Public Relations Director for Stephen Wade Auto Center expressed appreciation saying, “We are so grateful for SwitchPoint, Youth Futures and our Washington County School District for recognizing the needs in our community and look forward to this time each year to provide a convenient location to collect items to be distributed to the at risk youth in our area.
SwitchPoint, Youth Futures, and the Washington County School District provide basic needs for at risk youth and families within the community. The Youth Futures Shelter provides a home life setting for youth ages 12-18 that need emergency and temporary shelter. Switchpoint’s mission is to address poverty by providing a comprehensive plan to support families on their journey to self sufficiency. Washington County School District distributes items that students may be lacking in their home environment by providing the resources to their local school counselors to distribute as needed.
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