Bus Passes & Gift Card Drive for Homeless Youth
There are over 11,000 homeless school kids in Orange County. Of this group, the 18-24-year-old population is the largest group sleeping on the streets. Some of these kids have run away from extreme sexual, physical, or emotional abuse. Many become victims of human trafficking and feel they have no home, no hope, and no way out. Build Futures takes homeless youth ages 18–24 off the streets and into safe housing. Their “Steps to Success” program helps youth develop job skills, personal finance, workplace behavior, and basic life skills to achieve independence and become self-supporting.
This weekend Justice & Peace Ministry will host its fifth annual Bus Pass and Gift Card Drive to assist Build Futures. Bus passes are essential for youth to seek jobs, resources and shelter. One-day passes are available for $4.50 each at Ralphs or you can purchase them online at https://passsales.octa.net. Another great help is gift cards that youth can use to buy healthy meals at restaurants like Subway, and clothing and basic necessities at stores like Walmart. It is easier for Build Futures to distribute small denomination gift cards. So, if you planned to give a $25 card, Build Futures would be very grateful for five $5 cards.
This weekend, February 23-24, volunteers from the Justice & Peace Ministry will accept bus passes, gift cards, and cash donations at tables outside the Duffy Center after morning Masses and in the parish center after evening Masses. Your support will help vulnerable youth break the cycle of homelessness and abuse and build stable, productive, and independent lives. For more about Build Futures and how you can help, visit www.BuildFutures.org or call 714-907-7358.