ACR Health and the Rescue Mission Alliance plan to open an emergency 10-bed shelter for runaway and homeless lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth ages 12 to 17.
The primary reason these children are on the streets is because they have been rejected by their families because of the gender identity or sexual orientation. Nationally, more than half of LGBTQ youth who go to shelters report discrimination and victimization. This shelter will provide a safe space for LGBTQ youth.
The Rescue Mission and ACR Health are in the process of locating a suitable house for the shelter, completing renovations and furnishing the space. Fundraising for the youth shelter is underway with a goal of $500,000. The Plymouth Congregational Church in Syracuse has gifted $50,000 toward the project.
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The $500 Eddie “Future Greatness” award supports and promotes higher education. This award is dedicated to helping youth with the desire and ambition to succeed. It is available to all LGBTQ youth and their allies, 16-26, who are registered in an accredited post secondary institution. Four $500 awards are given each year: two in the Spring semester (deadline March 16th) and two in the Fall semester (deadline September 16th). All applicants must identify as LGBTQ or an ally, and be between the ages of 16-26 years of age.
ACR Health’s mission is to create healthy communities by opening doors to services that enhance the wellbeing of all.
ACR Health provides a range of support services for individuals with chronic diseases, including HIV/AIDS; prevention services to keep people free of sexually transmitted diseases and hepatitis C, youth services that equip young people with skills to make healthy choices throughout their lives; and Q Centers for youth to promote equality, celebrate diversity, and create a safer, more accepting and inclusive community for all.
ACR Health is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. To learn more visit acrhealth.org.