In the U.S. there are about 1,682,900 homeless and runaway youth-The National Coalition for the Homeless
“25 percent of former foster youth nationwide reported that they had been homeless at least one night within two-and-a-half to four years after exiting foster care.”-The National Alliance to End Homelessness
Number of homeless youth in NYC every night – 3,800.-Shelter of Peace
At 14-years old Sydia Simmons was kicked out into the streets of New York City by her alcoholic mother but today she is a wife, mother & founder of the Lost Angels Society. The purpose of the Lost Angels Society is to provide a safe space for homeless teens. Sydia knows first hand the difficulty of being homeless, especially in New York City and because she has overcome through her faith she wants to give back. On December 16, 2012 Sydia hosted the Lost Angels Society Benefit to give homeless youth a Christmas celebration. This benefit was supported by actress Uma Thurman, Superstar Singer Usher and many others. Sydia truly has a passion and compassion for homeless youth and an important message for the Church. In Isaiah 61: 3-4 it states: “They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.They will rebuild the ancient ruins and restore the places long devastated;they will renew the ruined cities that have been devastated for generations”, Sydia truly fits the description above because she is rebuilding the lives of teens devastated by homelessness. What is unique about the Lost Angels Society is that it is founded by someone who experienced homelessness first hand.
In the video below Sydia shares her amazing testimony with power, honesty & grace.
For more information on the Lost Angels Society, the April 2013 Youth Conference and how you can assist please contact Sydia at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Guest Author Tracy Madlener (via SPICIE) The Homeless Hopeful: Homeless Youth Can Overcome! (greatpoetrymhf.wordpress.com)
- Bucks County Shelter For Homeless Youth Gets An Early Holiday Gift (philadelphia.cbslocal.com)
- Documentary shows another side of Windsor’s homeless youth (metronews.ca)