Sanctuary of Hope’s (SOH) Youth Action Board kicked off National Runaway Prevention and Homeless Youth Awareness Month with an arts showcase curated by them.  Guests viewed displays of art, listened to poetry and song performances, and watched a short film detailing one member’s two-year journey from being kicked out, sleeping in a car, and securing permanent housing.

This was the first in-person kickoff event since the pandemic.  The YAB received a certificate from Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson acknowledging the month and their efforts to raise awareness.

The YAB hosted two more events November 28, a Conversation with Youth on the Housing Crisis at our Hope Place Center in Lancaster and November 29, Candlelight Interfaith Prayer Vigil and Youth Voice Reflections at the front steps of SOH on Adams Blvd. 

The interfaith, multi-generational, candlelight interfaith prayer vigil and youth voices at SOH Adams was another memorable moment recognizing the lives lost and survivors. The prayer vigil included guest speakers, testimonies, songs, and prayer.