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Boutique organizing event for homeless youth
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Posted: 2013 Jan 25 - 06:40

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INDIAN RIVER COUNTY -- Bliss Boutique owner Karen Jones has a special fondness for helping homeless youth, ages 18-23, and she wants others to learn of this growing population who needs help.

On Feb. 21, Ms. Jones will donate15 percent of all sales to Children's Home Society of Florida Treasure Coast Division's transitional living program. Also, from 5-8 p.m., several of the residents will be on hand in Bliss Boutique for the public to meet them and learn about their struggles and accomplishments firsthand.

The transitional living program serves youth ages 18 to 23 who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless by providing services for residential and outreach clients. Each client receives safety-net services as part of their life plan.

These services include: shelter, transportation, job coaching, mental health assessments and counseling, case management and coordination, and most importantly, educational focus.

These youth need help now more than ever. Statistics prove that if they do not receive help, these youth are more likely to not finish school, remain homeless, become teen parents and be incarcerated.

The public is invited to visit both Baines Hall and the Youth Transition Center to learn more and see firsthand the programs in need of support.

For more information, call (772) 778-6340, Ext. 224 or email Michelle.king@chsfl.org.

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