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Fundraiser to help homeless youth in Bozeman

A fundraiser will be held Sunday at I-Ho's Korean Grill to benefit HRDC A fundraiser will be held Sunday at I-Ho's Korean Grill to benefit HRDC
BOZEMAN - Homeless youth are often an invisible part of the community, sleeping in cars, hotels or staying with friends.

"They are too young to find transitional housing," said Jackie Haines, Economic Development Coordinator at the Human Resource Development Council (HRDC) in Bozeman. "No one hears about these kids because they stay with friends and they are just on the move all the time."

Haines said just this week, two homeless youth walked through her doors and there are many more without a secure place to live.

"Our program serves Gallatin, Park and Meagher counties," said Haines. "In Gallatin county alone there were 102 identified (homeless) youth in 2014."

The youth development program at HRDC helps kids from ages 14 to 21.

"We have a problem. We don't have any federal funding for this program it's all private donations and we need funding to support these kids," said Haines.

To help raise money, a fundraiser will be held at I-Ho's Korean grill on Sunday, March 29 from 12-3 p.m. with all proceeds benefiting HRDC. 

Owner I-Ho Pomeroy said two-thirds of the money raised will go to the youth development program and the one-third to the warming center.

"I wanted to do something before I leave this place. I strongly believe that helping people in need is one of our responsibilities," said Pomeroy. 

Haines said donations will help meet short and long term goals, like starting a youth transitional housing program.

"Our long term goal is to do youth transitional housing and so part of the money we will be saving for that program, part of the money will be to meet the emergency needs as youth walk in our door," said Haines.

Click here to learn more about HRDC's youth development program.


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