What does God require of us but to love mercy, do justice and walk humbly with God
We seek to support youth who are or are at risk of becoming homeless or who otherwise experience exclusion from the community. Our goal is to help these young people experience safety, respect and dignity and the opportunity to make their own choices as contributing members of the community to which they belong.
Youth Overnights of Hospitality (YOH) was created in 2015 by members of NIA and others who were interested in providing shelter for youth experiencing homelessness, especially youth from the LGBTQ community on the Lower and Outer Cape. When we found that we were unable to provide shelter, we changed the name to Youth Outreach and Hospitality (YOH).
Through our counselor, teacher, and nurse contacts from the three Lower Cape High Schools and a Case Manager at Homeless Prevention Council, we make ourselves available to all 1,991 high school students and other youth and young adults (YYA) on the Lower Cape in urgent need of a safe place to stay the night, funds for rent, car repairs or food.
Each year we have shown a film or brought in a speaker to raise consciousness around the fact that LGBTQ youth and youth of color are disproportionately represented in the homeless population and how this might be addressed and prevented. We had planned to collaborate with the Federated Church to bring in someone from the LGBT Asylum Task Force in 2020 but our plans were derailed. We would like to try this again in 2021.
On Saturday, April 10, 2021 at 6 pm, we are co-sponsoring an entertaining and educational event with the Cape and Islands Transgender Resource Fund. Please visit our Home page for more information.
We have also created a fund that enables us to award a scholarship to one student graduating from each of the three Lower Cape High Schools. Scholarships are awarded to encourage and support students who have been homeless, at risk, or have overcome significant adversity. Students are nominated on the basis of need and motivation to pursue further education. Our goals are to continue to support these students for up to four years of their college education or vocational training, and to deepen our relationship with them. YOH members keep in touch with them throughout the school year and try to get together for a meal at least twice a year. We have been unable to gather for meals or to hold our annual benefit concert to raise funds for YOH this year due to the COVID 19 pandemic.
If you are moved to make a donation to support YOH, please send a check made out to Nauset Interfaith Association, with YOH on the memo line, and send it to NIA, PO Box 306, South Orleans, MA 02662. Thank you.
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