A non-profit organization recently secured grant funding that will help it continue to serve the young homeless in Redlands.

Youth Hope extends a helping hand to Redlands’ homeless teens, its runaways and its at-risk youth.

Founder and Yucaipa resident Heidi Mayer has made it her mission to make sure the young people have food in their bellies, clothes on their backs and a roof over their heads.

Mayer’s daughter-in-law, Alana, wrote grant requests to the San Francisco-based John Burton Foundation and the San Bernardino-based Children’s Fund. The requests were her first attempts at grant-writing.

And both attempts were successful.

“I was so happy that I could use my writing skills to help Heidi out,” Alana Mayer said.

She helped Youth Hope secure a $15,000 grant from the John Burton Foundation and a grant for $5,000 per month from the Children’s Fund.

Youth Hope will use the John Burton Foundation grant money to buy three computers, a printer/copier, marketing materials, and hire a marketing consultant.

“We will use the computers to help keep track of the kids,” Heidi Mayer said.

The marketing materials and the marketing consult will help her convey Youth Hope’s message throughout the community. A higher profile could help Heidi Mayer in her attempts to find a facility the non-profit can use to offer food and shelter to homeless youth.

“I know there is someone in Redlands who can help us,” she said.

The Children’s Fund grant comes in the way of gift cards to Stater Bros. and Target and $35 Omnitrans bus passes.

Heidi Mayer helped enroll about a dozen of the at-risk youth in vocational education programs at UEI and Everest Colleges in San Bernardino. She helped another young homeless teen get a job in the San Bernardino area.

“By providing them with bus passes, they now have a way to get to work or get to school,” Heidi Mayer said.

To donate to Youth Hope or to help with the organization’s ministry, visitwww.youthhoperedlands.org or call 909-663-4543.

E-mail Staff Writer Jesse B. Gill atjgill@redlandsdailyfacts.com




September 17, 2010

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