Homeless youth in Warren and Washington Counties will have valuable support in their efforts to find shelter and gain independence, thanks to a transportation grant from Jaeger & Flynn Associates to the WAIT House in Glens Falls.
Since 2003 WAIT House has provided services for homeless teens, including an emergency shelter for youth ages 16-21, a transitional living program for young women, and an aftercare program to help shelter and program clients integrate into the community and achieve their goal to become independent, successful citizens.
The $2,000 grant, announced this week by Jaeger & Flynn President & CEO Thomas F. Flynn, will specifically support the agency’s transportation services, including the “WAIT House Express” van that provides an option for residents to reach counseling sessions, job interviews, and doctor appointments. The van is also used to pick up youths who reach out to the shelter for help via the agency’s 24/7 emergency hotline at 518-798-4384.
Duane Vaughn, Executive Director of WAIT House, said the grant is much appreciated, and will also help pay for public transportation for residents to help them learn to live and travel independently after re-entering the community.
“Much of what we do, to help support the youth that stay at the WAIT House Homeless Youth Programs, depends on getting them to so many important appointments. Through the generosity of Jaeger and Flynn, we are able to keep our van running the roads to provide this needed service.”
“We’re happy to be able to help WAIT House with this grant,” said Flynn. “It’s hard for me to imagine a more frightening situation for a teen than to be totally alone and homeless. Agencies like WAIT House are vital to help these kids.”