By Lt. Jack Huey, AA/PIO
Folsom State Prison
The Folsom State Prison Men’s Advisory Council (MAC) recently sponsored a food sale event with items. The MAC’s and the Warden’s proceeds from the event totaled $6,504, and were donated to Wind Youth Services.
The non-profit organization depends on donations from the community and partners. As youth homelessness grows in our community, so does the need to address the issue proactively and the MAC Executive Committee felt the organization to be a worthy beneficiary.
The Wind Youth Drop-In Center is a safe, non-judgmental space for homeless and runaway youth away from the dangers of the street. Through the Drop-In Center, youth experiencing homelessness are offered a welcoming and age-appropriate environment away from the dangers of the street. Youth have access to our health clinic, which provides basic services and STD and HIV testing and education. In order to address the underlying causes of each youth’s situation, a full-time counselor is on staff at the Drop-In Center, and available to any youth.
Through the Drop-In Center, they provide:
- Access to shelter
- Warm meals
- Peer support
- California IDs & birth certificates
- Laundry services
- Employment assistance
- Educational assistance
- Case management services
- Creative workshops
- Therapeutic groups
- Crisis intervention
- Drop-in counseling
- Mental health respite
Additionally, groups such as anger management, homelessness, employment, trauma, grief and loss, stress management, and self- esteem are also offered at the Drop-In Center weekly.
Wind Youth Services also has Street Outreach teams who locate youth living on the street to distribute food and hygiene packs and inform them of the Drop In center locations and services provided.
The organization recently announced that they will be moving from their 3,500-square-feet main building to a 14,000-square-feet building in order to accommodate the youth programs and services.