New “Adopt A Night” Campaign Provides Shelter for Homeless Young Women

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The Harbour, a social agency for homeless youth in the North and Northwest suburbs of Illinois, announces their newest campaign initiative called “Adopt A Night.” The purpose of this campaign is to increase awareness of Harbour services, and appeal to new donors by impressing upon our communities that a small individual donation of $100 will support young women experiencing homelessness for a night.

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The Harbour's Adopt A Night Campaign

One night in our shelter means not one more night on the street for a (homeless) young woman. Ever.

With Adopt A Night, a night in the Harbour House shelter means not one more night on the street for a young woman. Ever. The Harbour also offers corporate partners the option to adopt a week of shelter care for a young woman with a sponsorship of $500.

The Harbour House provides emergency shelter and support services for girls and young women between the ages of 12 and 20. The Harbour parent organization has over 45 years of success providing safety, security, counseling services, and a warm bed for homeless young women in North/Northwest Suburban Cook County.

When donors generously “Adopts A Night” at Harbour House, they ensure that a homeless girl is immediately provided the help she needs: safety, security, place to sleep and the tools to help her create a better future. One night in the Harbour House means a young woman is spared another night on the street, sleeping in cars, trains, motels, or couch surfing. Most importantly, one night at the Harbour House protects her from potential abuse and exploitation.

Contributions to Adopt A Night will also provide those in need with daily meals, laundry and hot showers. More significantly, it provides for structured guidance and support for a continuing education by our experienced, trained and caring staff. Gifts to the Harbour House are also an investment in the health, safety and well-being of our community.

To Adopt A Night, please visit: https://theharbour.org/adoptanight.html or call 847-893-0690. Secure credit card payments can be made online, or a check can be mailed to The Harbour at 1440 Renaissance Drive, Ste. 240, Park Ridge, IL 60068.

About The Harbour

Since 1971, The Harbour has provided housing and supportive services to community youth in crisis in the North and Northwest suburbs of Cook County. The agency is the only state-licensed program providing emergency shelter and transition living services to homeless youth over the age of 18. Since our founding, hundreds of youth have passed through our doors who were deflected from homelessness, graduated from our programs, and are now living independently.

Today, our wide spectrum of youth housing options ensures we can meet youth where they are and provide comprehensive services designed to foster self-sufficiency and success. Youth are provided with individualized services through three core programs:

  •     Safe Harbour Emergency Shelter
  •     Youth in Transition
  •     Successful Teens/Effective Parents (STEPs)

While The Harbour receives some financial support from the State of Illinois, it relies on donations to provide the support needed to continue providing its services. Monthly donations, bequests and small single donations are gratefully accepted.

Important statistics regarding homeless youth in our area:

  •     Each year, 25,000 of our young people in Illinois will have no place to call home
  •     Over half are located outside of the city
  •     92% do not receive the needed services
  •     Teens ages 12 – 17 are more likely to become homeless than adults
  •     In 2012, the National Runaway Safeline received more than 1,000 calls from our immediate area
  •     Approximately half of all homeless youth experienced physical abuse at home before becoming homeless
  •     5,000 young people die every year due to assault, illness or suicide while homeless

For more information about The Harbour, please visit http://www.theharbour.org.

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