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Susan Dotson Named Executive Director at WIND

Suzi DotsonSACRAMENTO, Calif., Jan. 8, 2014 — Susan Dotson starts today as executive director at WIND Youth Services, bringing with her more than 17 years of experience in leading organizations dedicated to helping children and families.

Most recently, Dotson managed the California Department of Social Services’ Child Welfare Policy and Program Development Bureau in Sacramento. Previously, she worked at the Sacramento Children’s Home since 2006, first serving as a family resource center coordinator at its Valley Hi Family Resource Center and Birth & Beyond Program, and then as program manager at its Sacramento Crisis Nursery.

“Suzi brings a vision and energy that is needed at Wind,” said Chris Russell, board chair at WIND Youth Services. “We were really impressed by her plans to work on collaboration with other organizations within the continuum of care for homeless and foster youth.”

WIND Youth Services is the Sacramento region’s only resource for helping homeless youth escape life on the streets, offering multiple programs that include shelter and counseling. For more information and to learn how to donate and support, visit WIND Youth Services online at

Text Campaign: Help for Homeless Teens

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Unemployment, Homelessness, and Debt: the Plight of the Young

HuffingtonPostUK - Adnan Al-Daini

It is not a good time to be young. Our youth are bearing the brunt of the economic depression and its self-defeating solution of austerity and cuts. The future to them looks bleak; unemployment, debt and homelessness in various combinations, or all three beckon. Of course these three scourges (unemployment-debt-homelessness) are linked.

Youth unemployment (16-24 years old) is now 20.7 % in the UK. The average across the EU is 22.4%, with Greece and Spain leading the misery index at 52.8 % and 52.7 % respectively.

A report entitled "Youth unemployment: the crisis we cannot afford" produced by ACEVO (Association of Chief Executive of Voluntary Organisations) puts the human cost thus:

"Unemployment hurts at any age; but for young people, long-term unemployment scars for life. It means lower earnings, more unemployment, [and] more ill health later in life. It means more inequality between rich and poor - because the pain hits the most disadvantaged."

New Report: 1.6 Million Homeless Youth Alone and At Risk on the Streets

A new report released today by the Law Center and the National Network for Youth reveals a disturbing truth: 1.6 million youth experience homelessness without a parent or guardian each year, facing numerous barriers to meeting basic needs.

I’ve gotten used to calling the issues we work on “forgotten” or “unseen” crises.  That can sound a little trite, but I don’t know how else to describe the media’s failure to cover homelessness, or the lack of public outcry in the face of human suffering.  Here, again, I wonder: how can we be ignoring this?

Summer Soiree

The Summer Soiree was resounding success and a really good time!  Thank you to our generous sponsors and guests, along with the hardworking committee, restaurants and partners who made this event a night to remember.  We raised over  $50,000 which will assist Wind in their continued efforts to provide shelter, meals, programs and services to the homeless and at-risk youth we serve in the Sacramento area.  Click the link below to enjoy pictures of the evening.

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