Even with the USA’s booming economy the rate of homelessness in Los Angeles is growing exponentially each year. According to Los Angeles County Homeless Services Authority, youth homelessness, is up 24 percent since 2018. Seventy-six percent of these are kids who turned 18 and "aged out" of the foster care system and/or group homes and orphanages. Their personal belongings are placed in trash bags on their 18th birthday, and they are left to fend for themselves. The Sheehan Adopt A Family Project a 501c(3) organizations goal is to intervene in meaningful ways to help support, mentor and educate children so that they do not ever become a victim of homelessness. SAF's goal has moved from only “adopting” families during the Holidays by giving food, toys, money and clothing to taking more direct action to prevent these vulnerable kids from becoming homeless. This is accomplished in part by getting technology into their hands to use to apply for internships, scholarships, grants, employment, housing and colleges. Empowering these kids to help themselves. You can donate safely online now at: www.safproject.org/donate-now
The SAF Project has accomplished so much with your support including: opening 2 computer labs and assisting in growing a 3rd computer lab, partnering with the Vikings to help feed over 12,000 people and have given away over 5000 toys at 9 children’s Holiday parties. With your contributions, SAF has also directly given away over 250 backpacks filled with toiletries and clothes for children in need, and put 75 computers into children’s hands who had no access otherwise to technology and are LA’s most at-risk youth. Every cent of what we have raised went directly into the hands of the needy, with all administrative costs covered within our own family. Our main objective this year is to raise $15,000 to continue helping kids who WANT to learn and want to get a job and/or further their education get the training and equipment needed for them to achieve their goals. You can safely contribute online at www.safproject.org/donate-now OR mail your charitable contribution to The Sheehan Adopt a Family Project at 1590 Rosecrans Ave, Suite D 360 Manhattan Beach, CA 90266. Donations are tax deductible.
Vista Del Mar/Stepping Forward Partnerships
According to the US News, youths make up the fastest growing homeless age group in LA, with those ages 18-24 up 64% since 2016. This shocking statistic helped us determine a real connection between homelessness and aging out of the foster care system. This led to us reaching out to 100-year-old Vista Del Mar, home to some of LA’s most at-risk youth. In March of 2018 we opened a brand new computer lab and began a computer skills training & mentor ship program for the 46 youth residents.
In addition in 2019, we donated 20 plus computers to Stepping Forward Los Angeles. Each year in Los Angeles alone, there are more than 1,000 foster youth that age out of the system without getting adopted or returning to their biological families. Their incredible programs (ie. finding housing,teaching kids about internships and full time employment, food prep skills, grooming etc) help the young adults get their feet on the ground, set goals connect with resources and people who can support them and to inspire the young adults to take action in their own lives. Both SAF and SF want to encourage the young adults to be self sustainable while also regaining trust in adults, each other and themselves.