November is nationally recognized as Homeless Youth Awareness Month. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, as many as 1.6 million children are presently homeless. In 2012, the National Runaway Switchboard received 1,938 calls within Missouri. Nearly 200 of those calls originated in mid-Missouri. In Columbia, Rainbow House receives 10-15 calls each month from local youth who have either been abused or kicked out of their homes.
You can help support the Homeless Youth Program at Rainbow House by participating in either of the events listed below. Each is designed to build awareness of youth homelessness and support Rainbow House’s mission to help youth develop into productive, caring and self-sufficient members of our community. For more information, please contact April Barnett at (573) 474-6600 or visit Rainbow House’s website.
Homeless Youth Speak Out!
Hickman Little Theater
Monday, November 4 at 7:30 p.m.
Hear firsthand accounts from Columbia teens who have been homeless. This event is free and open to the public.
Armory Sports Center
Saturday, November 16 at 1 p.m.
Sign-up your team today and play in honor of Homeless Youth Awareness Month. For more information, please download a registration form.