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Youth Services System Hosts 12th Annual Wheeling SleepOut

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WHEELING, WV (WTRF) – Friday’s weather came at a perfect time for the 12th annual Youth Services System Wheeling SleepOut.

The goal of YSS’s Transitional Living Program is to provide housing, life skills, and employment support to young adults ages 17-21. Many of these young people are homeless, have aged out of the system, or for various reasons have found themselves without any place to stay, or a stable support system in their lives.

The proceeds raised tonight will allow YSS to continue to run its program 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. YSS officials tell us they need the public’s help now, more than ever.

“It really started during COVID. You see more people who need help, more people who need shelter, housing. You know we have hygiene supplies that we give out daily, we have our Sophie Moses Free Store where anyone in the community can pick up clothes if they need them, get furniture, dishes, toys for their children, and we’ve seen a slight increase. So that makes events like this all the more important.

TUCKER RIGGLEMAN, Digital Media and Communications Coordinator at Youth Services System

This year’s theme is ‘Once Upon a Time’ and participants use cardboard to create their favorite fairy tale structures to spend the night in.

November is also National Runaway Prevention Month, and YSS says it’s the perfect time to shine a light on the issue of youth homelessness.