I want to invite the community to a “Benefit Breakfast for Homeless Teens” which will take place this Sunday, April 13th from 9:00 to 10:15 a.m. at Da Vinci Academy in Blaine. (131st Ave and Central) The breakfast is sponsored by Chain of Lakes Church.
All of the proceeds of the breakfast will be given to Tiger Take-Out, a food shelf set up for students at Blaine High School. Tickets at $8 for individuals and $20 for a family. They can be purchased at the door or on-line at colpres.org.
At the breakfast Robin Burge-Ross will speak. She is the Homeless Lead at Blaine High School. She has shared with us that at least 35 students at Blaine High School are identified as homeless. She has direct contact with these students and understands their needs.
Robin is a terrific advocate for homeless teens. She is part of a movement in Anoka County to end homeless for teenagers by 2024. During this school year 750 teens have been identified as homeless. Twenty percent of them are unaccompanied, which means they don’t have contact with a parent or guardian. These statistics are sobering and are a shock to many people who live in Anoka County.
Something needs to be done about this!! I am deeply grateful that the people at Chain of Lakes want to help.
During worship this Sunday, Jerry Streich will speak. He is the Fire Chief of Centennial Fire Department. He was homeless when he was a teenager. His story shows that with some help these teenagers can develop into adults who make a contribution to our world. I will interview Robin in an effort to learn more about what can be done.
Please come join us this Sunday and be part of a movement to end homelessness among teenagers!