Not My Roof is a unique special event designed to encourage awareness, empathy, and understanding for the immeasurable odds that young people face overcoming homelessness. On Friday, December 3rd, Not My Roof participants will give up the comforts of home to sleep unsheltered to gain a glimpse of what homelessness is like. Not My Roof is not about pretending to be homeless. On this one evening, Not My Roof participants help will spread awareness about the youth homelessness crisis and raise urgently needed funds for Safe Harbor Center, providing food, shelter, crisis care, and essential services to young adults experiencing homelessness.
We wish youth homelessness was not a growing problem, but we are fiercely committed to serving homeless children and youth with the utmost care and compassionate support.
Much like communities throughout the state of Georgia, Glynn County and surrounding communities are struggling with high levels of poverty and homelessness, especially among children and youth. In fact, it is estimated that 40% of our homeless population is under the age of 18. They are our community’s invisible homeless population, unsheltered — sleeping outdoors, in parks, on the street, in vehicles, abandoned buildings, under bridges, and other places not meant for human habitation. The longer young individuals remain homeless, the greater the risk that they will be trapped on the streets where they are vulnerable to victims of crime, hunger, illness, mental health issues and dying prematurely.
That is why we are launching the Not My Roof campaign.
We hope you will consider joining us for the important event and gain a glimpse of what homelessness is like for so many children and youth. Not My Roof is open to individuals, families, friends, schools, places of worship, and workplaces to be part of the solution to end youth homelessness. Not My Roof takes place on the campus of the College of Coastal Georgia. Upon arrival, each participant will receive a blanket, cardboard box, a basic essentials kit, and a memorable experience throughout the evening.
Getting started is easy to do, and it’s fun. You will be given all the tools you’ll need to make a difference. In fact, if you cannot attend our simulated encampment site at Coastal College of Georgia, you can host your own virtual Not My Roof event anytime from anywhere — a backyard, porch, terrace, garage, kitchen floor, or car, so long as it’s safe. You simply will need to register, and you’ll be provided all the tools for your virtual event.
If you are unable to participate, we hope you will consider making a tax-deductible contribution. With your help, we can reach our campaign goal and send a powerful message to homeless youth that we stand with you in your struggles, celebrate your courage and resiliency, and support your promise and dreams.
The funds raised through Not My Roof will support 4 key programs of Safe Harbor Center that serve the needs of homeless youth.