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Waypoint SleepOut raises $350,000 — and counting — to tackle youth homelessness in NH

By Dean Shalhoup - Senior Staff Reporter | Mar 27, 2023

MANCHESTER — Held over the weekend as a hybrid in-person and remote event, Waypoint’s SleepOut 2023 has so far raised more than $350,000 to help New Hampshire’s youth who are experiencing homelessness or are considered “housing insecure,” according to a wrapup of the annual event provided by the agency.

Waypoint, which focuses on youth homelessness by conducting street outreach, providing basic-needs relief, crisis care, case management and rapid and transitional housing, dedicates a significant portion of the SleepOut proceeds to support those programs and initiatives, as well as maintain its overnight emergency shelter in Manchester and its drop-in centers in Manchester, Rochester and Concord.

Close to 300 people slept out this year. The event was hybrid, whereby many participants slept out remotely, such as in their own backyards, while a few dozen gathered at the agency’s outdoor space at its new Youth Resource Center in Rochester.

Borja Alvarez de Toledo, president and CEO of Waypoint, expressed his gratitude to Granite Staters “for helping to bring New Hampshire’s most vulnerable youth closer to home.

“Especially in light of all that is doing on in the world around us, we are beyond grateful to live in a community that stays on mission, helping one another through even the most challenging times,” de Toledo said.

For more information about Waypoint, and how to support its services, go to www.waypointnh.org.

Dean Shalhoup may be reached at 594-1256 or dshalhoup@nashuatelegraph.com.


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