The Rite Aid Foundation announced recently a $10,000 grant to Spectrum Youth and Family Services, a Burlington Vt., provider of homeless youth programs. The funding will support services for youth living in Spectrum's three residences in downtown Burlington, which provide homeless and at-risk youth with short- and long-term supportive housing.
The Rite Aid Foundation previously awarded $10,000 to Spectrum Youth and Family Services in 2010.
"Spectrum does a fantastic job of providing at-risk youth with a safe haven to escape the trauma they may be experiencing for a variety of reasons," said Gayle Rife, Manager of The Rite Aid Foundation. "We hope that this grant will provide vital counseling and support for their Drop-In Center, which helps youth get back on their feet and minimizes the damage they've experienced prior to finding Spectrum."
Since 1970, Spectrum has been providing Burlington youth with a continuum of services ranging from counseling to mentoring to residential living programs. In 2009, Spectrum was nationally recognized as the Agency of the Year by the National Network for Youth. The Drop-In Center alone helped more than 750 people ages 14 to 22 last year.
"We're very grateful for the continuing support from The Rite Aid Foundation," said Mark Redmond, Executive Director. "Thanks to their support, homeless teenagers and young adults will be able to have a place to stay while they turn their lives around."
Rite Aid operates stores across the country as well as in Tupper?Lake, Saranac Lake and Lake?Placid.