On April 6, 2019 Whispering Angels of Saratoga, partnering with Teri Wilhelm, GLSEN – New York Capital Region Chapter, Karen Gregory Shelters of Saratoga & Code Blue Saratoga, Perry Junjulas, Albany Damien Center, Keegan Burke, Captain Community Human Services, Meg Kelly, Mayor of Saratoga and Tara Gaston, Supervisor for Saratoga Springs held an amazing 2nd Annual Sleep Out to raise awareness and funds for essential services to support at-risk LGBTQ youth.
The VIP reception was 50 strong, including some who also slept outside in tents to support the cause.
We heard wonderful speeches from our partners that spoke of the real issues faced by LGBTQ at-risk youth in the greater NY Captain Region, and the fact that all of our organizations including other agencies of support must work together to be a community to support the community. We need to support these youth with safe places to sleep and other essential services necessary for their survival. We need to educate people on the problem and how important it is for families to support their children regardless of how they identify or who they love. Otherwise, these youth may end up in the sex or drug trade, in many cases within 24 hours of being on the streets.. the streets of Saratoga, Albany, Glens Falls, Clifton Park, Lake George – the risk is the same across the region.
And, we are happy to report we raised well over $12K to help get these youth on the right track to have the best lives possible!
We’d like to thank all our generous donors, and Hatties Restaurant for donating their famous fried chicken as well as Sweet Mimi’s for their donated delicious deserts!
– Whispering Angels of Saratoga Springs Board