Whispering Angels of Saratoga Springs was fortunate enough to be able to treat 32 LGBTQ 🏳️🌈 people to a tasty dinner at El Mexicano Restaurant and a performance of the Philadephia Orchestra Saratoga Performing Arts Center on Saturday, August 10th.
Of these 32 guests there were lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and their straight allies attending. The ages ranged from 14 to 68 – the largest cluster were LBGTQ youth between 14 and 18. Most asked to not be photographed for fear that if their photos were seen they would be bullied at school. These LGBTQ youth live right here in The Capital Region and they want support and acceptance! This is why Whispering Angels of Saratoga Springs exists. WASS raises money and awareness for LGBTQ people who are at risk or homeless with the specific emphasis on LGBTQ youth.
Thank you Elizabeth Sobol and SPAC for donating the 32 tickets to see the movie UP along with The Philadephia Orchestra to The Pride Center and to GLSEN for bringing your guests to attend.
WASS participated in its second Saratoga Pride Festival on Sunday June 16th selling Angels wings to raise crucial funds for at-risk LGBTQ youth as well as raising awareness to the problems this demographic faces.
It was a well attended event aside from the torrential rain storms and these “you are loved” postcards from children of the United Methodist Church and the organization “Hugs from Mom” really helped to elevate the level of love and support shown at the event for our local LGBTQ+ community.
Thanks to WASS Board members Steve Rosenblum & Mary Jo Driscoll for representing!
Whispering Angels of Saratoga Springs proudly participated in its 2nd Capital Pride on Sunday, June 9th and raised awareness and funds to support WASS’ mission to help LGBTQ youth who are at risk and/or homeless in the Capital District, Saratoga County and Southern Adirondack areas.
Back by popular demand, WASS sold Rainbow Angel Wings to happy pride participants to appoint them as “Whispering Angels” to support the cause.
WASS also participated in the Pride March alongside Saratoga Pride members including Saratoga Mayor Meg Kelly.
Thanks all who donated to WASS and supported Pride!
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 hosted its 2nd Annual Garden Party on Saturday June 30th, and oh what a garden party it was with a gathering of over 60 friends and family as well as important LGBTQ Organizations from the greater NY Capital Region, such as GLSEN – New York Capital Region Chapter, Captain Community Human Services, and Albany Damien Center coming together to support LGBTQ at-risk and homeless youth and celebrate the first year of Whispering Angels of Saratoga Springs.
Whispering Angels of Saratoga Springs participated in its first Capital Pride on Sunday, June 10th and raised crucial awareness and funds to support WASS’s mission to help LGBTQ youth who are at risk and/or homeless in the Capital District, Saratoga County and Southern Adirondack areas.
WASS sold WASS Rainbow Angel Wings to happy pride goers who became Whispering Angels of Saratoga Springs “Angels” – WASS
It was such a privilege to witness these high school students react to a movie about coming out – the students were rooting, cheering, yelling, and crying. And, parents in the audience were just as participatory.
It was an honor and a privilege for WASS to support this event and to partner with GLSEN.
On December 2, a number of Whispering Angels of Saratoga Springs board members and volunteers endured a frigid December night sleeping outside in an effort to raise awareness of the issue of homelessness among LGBTQ youth. Just as importantly, they raised over double the fundraising target from sponsors to support local non-profit organizations that provide services to these vulnerable youth.
LGBTQ youth account for 40 percent of our nation’s homeless children and young adolescents. Thrown out of their homes when they reveal their sexual orientation or true gender, LGBTQ youth suffer wrenching emotional trauma and the cruel physical realities of homelessness, including sexual predation and trafficking. Many are driven to prostitution and drug addiction.
Whispering Angels of Saratoga Springs exists to raise awareness and funds to support underserved and at-risk members who are central to our efforts.
The Whispering Angels Sleep Out event began with a kick-off dinner for Sleepers, sponsors and friends. Saratoga Springs Mayor Joanne Yepson, out of town that evening, called in from New York City to praise the event, noting that Saratoga Springs and the NYS Capital Region are deeply concerned about the homelessness that plagues many of our neighbors. Mayor Yepson detailed the efforts Saratoga Springs has undertaken to serve homeless men and women of all ages, and thanked WASS and other local organizations for providing crucial on-the-ground help. Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner and Tara Gaston, Saratoga Town Supervisor-Elect also supported the event in-person and both spoke reinforcing Joanne’s messages.
Also in attendance were Samantha Annas, Street Outreach Manager and Brianna Phillips, Street Outreach Case Manager of C.A.P.T.A.I.N., a local non-profit that provides shelter, meals, and other services to our area’s homeless youth, and one of several local organizations that have received WASS grants. They explained C.A.P.T.A.I.N.’s mission and programming, and introduced two young women who had been in C.A.P.T.A.I.N.’s care. These young women spoke of lives spent in and out of shelters and foster homes, kicked out of their own homes because of their sexual orientation. With C.A.P.T.A.I.N.’s help they were able to find jobs and reunite with their families.
WASS is tremendously grateful to the volunteers and sponsors who made this first-annual sleep-out a success. A very special thanks goes to Pam Perry & Karla Austen who so generously donated their home, and several tents, to the effort.