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AROUND TOWN: Urban Peak supporters help homeless kids get off the street

July 30, 2013 Updated: July 30, 2013 at 6:45 pm
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photo - Mothers hugged daughters as they intently watched a video about young people who were homeless. Photo by Linda Navarro, The Gazette 072613
Mothers hugged daughters as they intently watched a video about young people who were homeless. Photo by Linda Navarro, The Gazette 072613 

On July 24, a party tent, which was filled with the soft sounds of Donald Hilsberg's harp, spanned Cucharras Street, protecting 350 Urban Peak supporters and staff from the morning rain. It was, said Urban Peak's new executive director Shawna Kemppainen, all about "kids."

"All kids are our kids," she said as breakfast was served by Picnic Basket Portable Feasts.

The goal, said Kemppainen, who described herself as a "relational cultural theorist," is to help move more homeless youth off the street. This year 120 found a safe place to sleep at The Place, the group's 15-bed shelter. The goal is to increase it to 50 beds by 2018, she said. Almost $37,000 was raised that day for that mission.

An advocate for issues affecting the homeless, Suzi Bach told the audience that as "we're helping the homeless youth, we are helping the future of our community."

Inside Out's Chris Robertson asked everyone to help launch The Real Change Society, described in this quote traced back to Socrates: "The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new."

For more photos, go to gazette.com/life/around-town

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