“Ours is not the struggle of one day, one week, or one year. Ours is not the struggle of one judicial appointment or presidential term. Ours is the struggle of a lifetime, or maybe even many lifetimes, and each one of us in every generation must do our part.” – John Lewis

Can we be real for a minute?

You and I both know San Francisco is facing some of the most significant challenges of our lifetime. These threats have only become more exaggerated since the start of the pandemic. Many folks—perhaps even you—are suffering.

Yet, I remain hopeful because of our staff, volunteers, and supporters like you. Throughout it all, you have remained unwavering in your fight to help young people move past homelessness.

Fortunately, Larkin Street has not experienced a COVID-19 outbreak at any of our housing sites. Because of your support, our public health measures have allowed us to maintain services safely, even expanding available housing by 20% since March!

Larkin Street’s integrated model of care—housing, healthcare, education, and employment—is needed now, more than ever. Not only is it proven effective in the fight against homelessness, but it is also the best strategy to ensure the health and wellness of our youth.

In the strongest terms, I want to stress to you that solving youth homelessness is still within our reach. We know what gets results. More than 3 out of 4 young people who complete Larkin Street programs exit to stable housing, 69% are employed and/or enrolled in post-secondary education, and 78% have achieved physical and mental wellness. Please join us in continuing to work and advocate for young people experiencing homelessness within our communities. 

From the bottom of my heart, I thank you!

Sherilyn Adams
Executive Director
Larkin Street Youth Services