Personal Progress

20%
of goal
$5,000
Goal
$1,000
Raised

Thank you to our amazing contributors!

Alison Agnew - $50

Madison Klettke - $250

Melinda Ratzlaff - $500

Arlene Witzke - $50

Tanille Poirier - $50

Ron Wiens - $50

E.Pat Klassen - $50

Why Amanda Ratzlaff is Sleeping Outside

I’m sleeping outside to help fight and prevent youth homelessness.

In April, the homeless count* found that there were nearly 700 youth (age 13-24) homeless in Metro Vancouver. Hundreds to thousands more experience episodic homelessness and are considered precariously or inappropriately housed. According to Raise the Roof**, over 35,000 youth experience homelessness throughout the year in Canada. Family conflict, addiction and mental health issues were cited as the biggest reasons individuals found themselves homeless.

This big number includes so many of our young friends we encounter and engage with on the streets of Vancouver through Mobile Drop-Ins (Street Life), on-foot outreach, 1:1 coffee meetings, classroom support, and outdoor adventures.

By making a donation to me, you are continuing Youth Unlimited’s active and prevention work with homeless and vulnerable youth, providing tangible help, caring support and a way out.

I’m giving up one night, so these youth can have a lifetime. Please support me by donating generously!

*https://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/at-least-681-youths-are-homeless-according-to-metro-vancouver-count

*https://www.raisingtheroof.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/road2sols-FINAL.pdf

YUnite Outside 2021 is now over. Coming soon is YUnite Outside Nov 2022