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PROJECTS BLOG 01/27/2014

Lost-N-Found Youth-BWB Georgia

Last year Burners without Borders – Georgia was awarded a BWB grant to partner with Lost-N-Found, an LGBT Homeless Shelter, in supporting their mission. We repaired and painted the safe house’s resident bedrooms, hallways, and even a stairway. BWB GA volunteers worked side-by-side with the youth residents, embracing the spirit of communal effort and radical self-reliance residents could take ownership and pride from the project. Needless to say, the residents were also excited to be working with those “hippies from the desert.”

Nationally LGBT youth make up approximately 40% of homeless youth population on the streets and estimating around 400,000 are staring homelessness in the face. The mission of Lost-N-Found is to end the cycle of LGBT youth homelessness in Atlanta and promote harm reduction. Lost-N-Found provides emergency housing, referrals to GED programs, resume and interview preparation, referrals for HIV/STD testing and other health issues and a 24 hour, seven days a week hotline for at risk youth. Since its founding two years ago, over 200 youth have been direct recipients of their services, gaining the self-confidence and support to begin careers and find permanent and safe places to live. Lost-N-Found is the outgrowth of “Saint Lost-N-Found”, an LGBT homeless youth fund project of the Atlanta Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.

To truly better our communities, BWBGA started the Partnership Network, set out to look outside the local Burner Community and make relationships and friendships with groups like OUTlaw, who are LGBT Law Students, to Infinite ARTS, a performance group dedicated to helping inner city youth whose schools have cut music and art programs as well as Lost n Found.

This project was 100% funded through the 2013 Burners Without Borders National grant program. We thank them for the incredible support.



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