A Hero of His Own Story
May 15, 2018
BENEFITING: Family and Children's Association
ORGANIZER: THE IRONMAN FOUNDATION
EVENT: Your Journey Your Cause 2017
Believe it or not, poverty and homelessness exists on Long Island. Close to 2,000 homeless youth spend nights at the parks we know so well, the boardwalks we stroll on sunny days and at train stations we whiz by on our commutes to work and home.
This fundraiser is dedicated to help sustain the only source of coed transitional housing and independent living skills training for homeless teens in Nassau County (Long Island, NY). The primary goal of the Walkabout house is to offer an alternative to the dangers of living on the streets by combining safe housing and support services with independent living skills training.
Walkabout is a 10 bed two story home in a suburban neighborhood in Freeport, Long Island, New York. It provides services to both young men and women and is supervised 24 hours a day by a team of social workers, life skills and transitional counselors.
One of our more recent success stories from Walkabout comes from a young adult who showed up to FCA’s Nassau Haven emergency shelter two years ago and was transitioned into Walkabout. His persistence to grow into an independent and responsible young adult is remembered through stories from Walkabout counselors. Having saved over $10,000 working while he lived at Walkabout, he eventually found himself an apartment nearby and still maintains regular contact with the Walkabout staff who provided him with so much of what makes him the young entrepreneur and independent young adult he is today.
Walkabout, is run by Family and Children's Association's, a leading human services non profit serving Long Island for over 130 years. Family and Children's Association is dear to my heart and I do hope you consider supporting a program that needs all the financial support it can get. Not only have I personally witnessed the change in youth that come from Walkabout, but I have been fortunate enough, as an FCA employee, to work with youth from Walkabout in different capacities as a case manager, family therapist and in resource development.
As tough as the obstacles will continue to be for me to reach my goal of completing Ironman Lake Placid, those obstacles come nowhere near the difficulty youth face through adversity on a daily basis. Join me in creating stronger communities on Long Island.
Offline Check Donations should be made out to:
The IRONMAN Foundation
3407 W Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
Tampa, FL. 33607
No cash donations, as per Ironman Foundation.