Public Administration and Policy is putting the spotlight on Lydia’s Place for the month of April. Lydia’s Place is a local Athens’s nonprofit that serves young adults age 17-24 who have experienced foster care or homelessness.

Lydia’s Place is leading the charge against some grim statistics:

  • 400 children “age out” of foster care annually in Georgia
  • One out of five will be homeless after age 18
  • 71% of these women will be pregnant by age 21
  • 60% of these men will have spent time in jail by age 24

But this nonprofit is doing good work, giving back to the community, and helping change and improve the lives of these young adults. Check out this short inspirational video about how Lydia’s Place helps these youths.

There are a few ways we can help to support the Lydia’s Place mission. The best and most needed is to make a donation that goes to funding rent. Helping to provide homes to these young adults is a big part of the assistance Lydia’s Place helps to give to their students. Donations can be made on the Lydia’s Place website.

Lydia’s Place also has a golf tournament coming up: the second annual Drive for Hope. It will be held on Monday, May 9th at the UGA golf course. They are looking for players and sponsors. It is going to be a great tournament and the funds raised will help Lydia’s Place serve young adults who have experienced foster care or homelessness. Sign up for Sponsor registration or for Player registration.

You also still have time to participate in their Cross of Hope campaign through April 14. When you donate at least $25 to the Cross of Hope Campaign, you will receive a homemade cross of your choice. Your donation enables Lydia’s Place to spread JOY, LOVE, and HOPE to the students they serve. Donations allow them to continue meeting the needs of their students, such as one on one counseling sessions, utility bills, transportation, AND rent for the place they get to call home. You can purchase a cross here.

We hope you find a way to help support this great organization, even if it is just by spreading the word about their good work.