Strafford County Board of Realtors’ community service committee has chosen Waypoint as one of its charitable partners in 2022. Through a series of community events throughout the year, SCBR will support Waypoint’s array of services for Tri-City area families, with a specific focus on the Agency’s expansion of services to youth experiencing homelessness in Rochester.
“When the SCBR Community Service Committee met in January to discuss our choices for the charities that we would support for the 2022 year, it was immediately apparent, the correlation between what we do for a living and Waypoint’s overall goals,” says Virginia Frost, co-chair of the SCBR Community Service Committee. “We help people find homes for their families and Waypoint gives young people a place to call home and helps keep them safe.”
In New Hampshire, Waypoint is currently the sole provider of comprehensive services for youth who are housing insecure or enduring active homelessness. The agency puts boots on the ground through its Street Outreach program to serve as a lifeline to youth on the streets and offers a safe space and supportive services at its Youth Resource (drop-in) Centers. In addition, the agency offers Transitional Living and Rapid Rehousing programs, as well as Runaway and Homeless Youth prevention services within schools and the community.
In 2022, Waypoint will open a new Youth Resource Center in Rochester at 3 Wallace Street. There, youth will be able to access basic needs relief such as food, clothing, showers, and laundry facilities, and gain educational support, job and life skills training, housing, access to mental health and addiction treatment services, and more, to contribute to their long-term stability and self-sufficiency.
“We are honored and thrilled to be a partner with Strafford County Board of Realtors, and a beneficiary of their 2022 community events,” says Borja Alvarez de Toledo, president and CEO of Waypoint. “As we expand our services to young people experiencing homelessness in the Tri-City region, these public activities will help raise interest in our cause and provide a way for concerned citizens to support life-changing services for those who live here. We can’t thank SCBR enough for their philanthropic ingenuity.”
“We love seeing more support in Strafford County,” says Frost. “We are overjoyed to support Waypoint’s newest project in Rochester. They are a great partner for us this year!”
Strafford County Board of Realtors kicked off its partnership with Waypoint in the agency’s March 25 SleepOut event to raise awareness and funds toward ending youth homelessness in New Hampshire. Throughout the rest of the year, SCBR will produce a series of community events, including mini-golf, a cornhole competition, a bowling tournament, and more, and hopes to raise another $20,000 to benefit its 2022 charitable partners, Waypoint and Gather. (Dates and locations to be announced.)