“I don’t really have that homeless feeling because I actually feel like I’m at home” Andrea tells me as she points to the house that FreeFest built!
FreeFest is kind of like a concert created through Virgin Mobile’s RE*Generation program, but I consider it more of a movement to help homeless youth. As a result of the last four FreeFests, nearly $800,000 has been raised and nearly 75,000 volunteer hours and 25,000 hygiene kits have been donated. FreeFest fans actually funded the development of “The RE*Generation House by Virgin Mobile,” where Andrea and several other young people now call home!
The RE*Generation House is a partnership with the Sasha Bruce Youthworks, one of the largest and most experienced providers of services to youth in Washington, DC. Young adults going through the transitional program receive the support needed to rebuild their lives.
Families will always have conflict, and programs like The RE*Generation House can play a huge role in homelessness prevention, by helping to make sure no child spends even one night on the streets.
This Invisible People road trip is made possible by Sevenly and Virgin Mobile USA, who are partnering to end youth homelessness through Virgin Mobile USA’s initiative, RE*Generation. For more information please click here.