Anchorage Children's Home is pleased to announce its financial partnership with Northstar Church supporting efforts of Anchorage's Street Outreach & Recovery Program (SOAR) serving homeless youth in our community.
Northstar Church has committed $10,000 this year to help fund the SOAR program reaching homeless youth in Bay County. SOAR is a mobile unit of Anchorage Children's Home focusing on providing food, water, hygiene products and blankets to homeless youth while connecting them to resources to leave street life. The SOAR program has been in existence for 5 years, but recently lost the federal funding necessary to continue the full capacity of the program. The Northstar Church financial partnership will be instrumental in helping continue the services of the SOAR program.
"The SOAR program does much more than provide food and water to kids on the street. They are the beginning phase of transforming a young person's life", says Brooke Bullard, Development Director for Anchorage. "SOAR makes the initial contact with street youth developing trust which empowers youth to leave the dangers of the street and gain access to one of our longer term residential programs. These programs teach life skills, education advancement and employment opportunities focusing on breaking the cycle of abuse, homelessness and domestic violence many of these kids suffer from. Northstar's commitment to Anchorage is paramount during this federal funding shortfall."
Northstar Church has continuously supported Anchorage through its small group outreach initiatives, but this is the first financial partnership development between the local non-profit and church. A significant part of Northstar's mission is to impact the community in a meaningful way. Along with the $10,000 pledge, each Fall and Spring, a Northstar volunteer will coordinate an Outreach Small Group dedicated to serving Anchorage.
For more information about Anchorage Children's Home, please visit their website, www.anchoragechildrenshome.org or call 850-763-7102