Year One: a success!

With a heart full of joy, I’d like to announce that Just One Night raised $3,700 in its inaugural year to benefit the organizations Thrive Youth Center and StandUp for Kids – San Antonio.

The weather turned a bit colder than we like here in San Antonio, (48 degrees may as well be snow as far as we are concerned) but my registrants were real troopers and they did exactly what they said they would… they slept in the park for the night in the hopes that the kids these organizations help will have a better tomorrow on the horizon.

During the night, I found myself musing on the fact that we, people who have homes, jobs, and security… were permitted to sleep in the park overnight with an officer to watch over us for protection. But the homeless youth we were working to help? They would have been chased out of the park and made to move on by the very same officers. The strange irony of that fact was not lost on me.

I just got done sending out the thank you notes to all that donated. If I had your physical address, I sent an actual letter and you got a little something extra coming your way just to show my appreciation for your support in this first year. I couldn’t have done any of this without you.

To all the supporters, near and far, thank you for helping to turn Just One Night into a reality. Ultimately, this is not a “one and done” for me. I care deeply about this topic because of my own personal history. So now that I’ve proven that it CAN be done, I need to set about proving that it can be GROWN. So a bit of a deep breath and moment to relax, and then onward and upward, my dears.

Will you spend just one night?

Current estimates are that, on any given night, there are approximately 1.3 million homeless youth living unsupervised on the streets, in abandoned buildings, with friends or with strangers. Homeless youth are at a higher risk for physical abuse, sexual exploitation, mental health disabilities, substance abuse, and death. It is estimated that 5,000 unaccompanied youth die each year as a result of assault, illness, or suicide. Additionally, estimates are that 40% of these youth are LGBTQIA+.

Just One Night is a fundraiser that seeks to raise funds for organizations doing critical work with our homeless youth in the San Antonio area:  Thrive Youth Center, that seeks to provide a  much needed safe space for LGBTQIA+ youth to find their footing and get off the streets and  Stand Up For Kids who do critical work in street outreach, apartment support, and mentoring of these kids.

Getting involved is simple: Commit to spending one night sleeping in the rough so that a teen may not have to. Register for this site, create your campaign, and set a fund raising goal. This will create your profile page that your friends, family, and co-workers can then use to donate to your fund raising efforts. On April 14th, at Maverick Park, we’ll have the big event. All our fundraisers gathered together, sleeping bags in hand, to try to draw awareness to the plight of homeless youth and to the organizations working on their behalf.

As a homeless LGBTQIA+ teen myself, many years ago, I can personally testify to the fact that lives can be changed completely by the actions of the right person at the right time. The only reason this homeless high school drop out was able to get off the streets, get my GED, and get into college is because good people took a chance on someone they could have just as easily looked the other way on.

I know first hand that teens on the streets are faced with choices that no kid should ever have to make. Please help these organizations do the work of changing lives and outcomes for these kids.

If you have any questions about the event, the sign up process, or about the organizations… please do not hesitate to reach out to me by email.

If you would like to donate directly to the fundraiser, you can do that in the menu to the right.

Hope to see you April 14th!

— Sister Dottie Bair 💙