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Only Nine Refuge Beds for UK’s 100,000 Runaway Children

(PRWEB) December 14, 2007

Young people’s charity St Christopher’s Fellowship is set to release a series of animations over the Christmas period, appealing for people to donate and support efforts to help the 100,000 children that runaway each year.

Roy O’Shaughnessy, Director of Development at St Christopher’s, says, “Of the 100,000 children under the age of 16 that runaway each year, 15,000 are thrown out by parents who abuse, neglect and reject them. It is illegal in the UK for hostels to allow children of this age to stay without permission of their parents. For many, dedicated refuges are the only safe place that they can turn to.”

“St Christopher’s runs one of the only such refuges in the UK, with a total of six beds. We receive children from across the UK, however there is currently not capacity for all of the admission requests received, and an urgent need for more beds to provide a safe haven.”

Of the young people staying at the St Christopher’s Refuge, almost 60 percent of children have runaway as a result of conflict with family members. Seventy-five percent are girls below the age of 16.

Upon admission to the Refuge, children are referred to a doctor if necessary and their needs assessed, paying particular attention to issues of abuse. Parents are informed that their child is safe, but the address is kept confidential.

The 180 Degree campaign will incorporate a number of short films, with youth-styled animation being designed to protect young people’s identities as they recount their real-life experiences as a looked after child.

“These animations have allowed us to let the young people talk about their experiences themselves, bringing the challenges they face to life for other people,” adds Roy O’Shaughnessy.

Each animation deals with very specific issues that young people can face, from running away from home, to problems with drugs or getting their life back on track.

All animations for the St Christopher’s Fellowship 180 Degree campaign have been designed by Dirty UK and produced by Mix TV.

Donations can be made at http://www.stchris.org.uk.


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About St Christopher’s Fellowship

St Christopher’s is a charity and housing association providing care, accommodation, education, training and support to children, young people and vulnerable adults. It runs children’s homes, fostering services, supported housing and hostels, along with education, employment training and outreach services.

For more information or to make a donation please call 0208 780 7800, email info@stchris.org.uk or visit http://www.stchris.org.uk

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ChooseDirect Donates a Portion of Sales from ChooseHotTubsDirect.com to Help Runaway Teens through Project Christmas CAROL at the Covenant House California in Oakland

San Francisco, CA (Vocus) December 25, 2009

ChooseDirect loves giving, especially around the holidays. So when CEO Steve Barbarich heard about the Covenant House California’s Project Christmas CAROL (Care About Remembering Overlooked Lives), he decided to donate a portion of sales from his company’s e-commerce site, ChooseHotTubsDirect.com, to bring aid to runaway teens and young adults who would otherwise obtain nothing this Christmas.

“I see homeless people on the streets of San Francisco every day, but it’s impossible to help them all” says Barbarich. “Giving to the Covenant House in Oakland is one way to get teens and young adults out of cardboard shelters, into warm beds and perhaps even receive a little joy this Christmas.”

One of Barbarich’s e-commerce sites, Choose Hot Tubs Direct.com, is no stranger to donating to worthy causes. For example, ChooseHotTubsDirect.com raised money for Hurricane Ike victims last October. In October of this year, he chose breast cancer as his charity, realizing California has some of the highest breast cancer rates in the nation. For the holiday season, he wanted to make life a little happier for homeless teens.

For the month of December, until today, Barbarich has allocated funds from Island Escape Spas sales to donate to the Covenant House California. In partnering with the center, Barbarich hopes to raise awareness about homelessness and the rise in runaway rates in the San Francisco metropolitan area, where his company, ChooseDirect, is based.

Though the Covenant House’s services are mostly for people 18-24, its policy is to accept every child who shows up at its doors. Since 1988, it has helped more than 145,000 homeless youth get off the streets and escape the physical and psychological abuse that either brought them there or plagues them as homeless people. The society’s mission is to “protect and safeguard all children of the street” with “absolute respect and unconditional love.” It offers street outreach and residential and supportive services. In addition, the organization has a hot line for teens in trouble, 1-800-999-9999 and a website, Nineline.org. The Covenant House California helps runaways and homeless young adults deal with suicidal ideations, drug and alcohol abuse, basic needs and anything else imaginable that these people face and from which they escape.

Giving to the Covenant House California is simple. Not only does it love in kind gifts such as food, personal hygiene products, business attire for job interviews and employment and footwear, among other items, but it also tremendously appreciates monetary donations. You can contribute securely on the Web, by phone at 1-866-268-3686 (1-866-COV-DOVE), or by mail by downloading a donation form and sending it to Covenant House California, Attn.: Development Department, 1325 N. Western Avenue, Hollywood, CA 90027.

San Francisco is often considered the homelessness capital of the world because of its mild climate and social programs providing cash benefits to the homeless. An estimated 7,000-10,000 people remain homeless in San Francisco, and the city spends approximately $ 200 million a year on programs aimed at helping the situation(1). According to the National Runaway Switchboard, California alone has 16,909 runaway children, teens and young adults. Truly a problem plaguing the Bay area, ChooseDirect has decided to take steps this year to combat the crisis by donating to the Covenant House California’s Project Christmas CAROL.

About ChooseHotTubsDirect.com:

The ChooseDirect factory direct model allows this new & unique company to bring the world high quality products at factory direct pricing. Since this e-commerce online retailer is involved with the product all the way down to the factory level, it cuts out many middlemen from the process and is able to offer better prices than the competitors. ChooseHotTubsDirect.com prides itself in having a large selection of hot tubs, portable spa & swim spas products, and with advanced factory coordination, they provide customers with a highly customized premium quality product. For more information about ChooseDirect, ChooseHotTubsDirect.com & for charity effort updates, please visit the ChooseHotTubsDirect.com Charity page.

1. “Homelessness in the United States.” Wikipedia. 20 December 2009. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homelessness_in_the_United_States#San_Francisco. 23 December 2009.


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New Young Adult Book RUN GIRL RUN by Robbie Haden Explores a Teenage Runaway and Her Dreams of Success in California

Dallas, Texas (PRWEB) May 20, 2013

Teenage runaway dreams of success in California.

There may be nothing more terrifying for a parent than to realize that your child has decided to run away from home. A child who makes the decision to flee their home is taking a great risk in order to search for something missing in their lives.

In Robbie Hadens new book RUN GIRL RUN, red-haired teenage runaway Haley-Jo Bodine leaves her Texas home with aspirations of becoming a model and actress in California.

Along her travels, Haley-Jo encounters many of the harsh realities that teenagers around the world struggle with- drinking, drug use, cutting and sexual assault.

The subjects in Run Girl Run are treated with sensitivity appropriate for teens, said Haden. This is a cautionary tale for kids at risk and is also an enlightening glimpse into how teens think.

Will young Haley-Jo make it back to her family in Texas or will the open road and all of its many challenges lead her down a darker path?

RUN GIRL RUN can be purchased at http://www.amazon.com/RUN-GIRL-ebook/dp/B00BJ8I8OM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1369012550&sr=8-1&keywords=run+girl+run+robbie+haden


By Robbie Haden

ISBN: 978-1-4525-6777-8 (sc)

Paperback: $ 11.99

About the author

Robbie Haden is the parent of four and the grandparent of eight. Her work life included significant time spent as an elementary teacher, a foster parent of drug-exposed infants, and a social worker for state child-protection services in Texas. Currently she finds her joy as a channeled psychic reader and healer. RUN GIRL RUN is Hadens first book.

For review copies or interview requests, contact:

Jonathan McAfee, Account Coordinator

317-602-7137 | jmcafee(at)bohlsengroup(dot)com

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Carissa Phelps, CEO of Runaway Girl, Brings Hope to Victims and Insight to Law Enforcement: Joint Regional Intelligence Center

Sacramento, CA (PRWEB) August 08, 2013

Carissa Phelps, now CEO of Runaway Girl, FPC (a California flexible purpose corporation), ran away from home at age 12. She dropped out of school, missing grades 7th, 8th and 9th, and fell into the arms of a brutal pimp, who made her walk the streets of central California. Even when she escaped him she could not outrun the crushing inner pain of abuse, neglect and abandonment. But then her life was transformed through the unexpected kindness of a math teacher and a counselor. By the time Carissa turned 30, she accomplished the unimaginable: graduating from UCLA with a law degree and MBA.

Hosted by the Joint Regional Intelligence Center a fusion center critical to fighting human trafficking by sharing information and intelligence information is converted into operational intelligence to detect, deter and defend against major criminal threats within the seven county jurisdiction of the FBI Los Angeles field office.

Carissa will lead a workshop for law enforcement officers on how to address human trafficking survivors especially when they are hesitant to work with officials or not requesting services or help. Specific human trafficking victim response skills will be covered, with exercises to illustrate the full spectrum of human trafficking from labor or sex trafficking, domestic and international.