Bringing awareness to November’s National Homeless Youth Awareness month, Building Owners and Managers Association Georgia (BOMA Georgia) members partnered with HomeAid Atlanta for the fourth BOMA Georgia-HomeAid Atlanta Care Day. This year, volunteers completed projects for the Covenant House Georgia (CHG) on Nov. 7.
Approximately 200 volunteers assisted to help with the repairs at CHG. This Atlanta facility serves as a refugee for homeless, abandoned, abused, trafficked and exploited youth. Work that took place on the Care Day included parking lot paving and striping, electrical repairs, the building of a veranda, enclosing a green house, painting, tree trimming, floor care, completing large landscaping projects, pressure washing, organizing supply closets, sorting donated books, general clean up and more.
BOMA Georgia and HomeAid Atlanta hope this project will bring awareness to the community and to the people who are currently living on the streets. According to Safe Horizon, the largest organization helping victims of crime and abuse in the United States, around 5,000 young people die every year from an assault, illness or suicide while living on the streets. Another study from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services found that 46 percent of homeless youth left their home due to physical abuse. Another 17 percent left because of sexual abuse; the average age these teenagers are leaving home is 14.7-years-old.
To learn more about BOMA Georgia, visit www.BOMAGeorgia.com. To learn more about HomeAid Atlanta, visit www.homeaidatlanta.org. For more information about volunteering opportunities at the Covenant House Georgia, visit www.covenanthousega.org or call 404-589-0163.