Single mom, Sarah Jeffrey, from Bay City Michigan, flies out to Texas to walk with [lastfm]Jimmy Wayne[/lastfm] on his project “Meet Me Halfway” Walk Across America. She is helping raise awareness of [lastfm]Jimmy Wayne[/lastfm]’s project “Meet Me Halfway” in raising money to help out homeless teens in the State of Michigan. WXYZ Channel 7’s Stephen Clark catches up to them on Skype – watch the video interview with [lastfm]Jimmy Wayne[/lastfm].
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Amy Rathburg, Catalog Manager/Promoter at AWMG Entertainment in Nashville and Michigan native, Ann Wilson, owner of AWMG Entertainment have set up several projects to help with raising awareness for Michigan homeless teens.
- If you are in Nashville, there is a show set up at the famous Bluebird Cafe’! On May 14, 2010 at 6:30 p.m. there will be a “Writers In The Round,” with all proceeds going to Jimmy Wayne’s “Meet Me Halfway” project. The writer’s will be number one hit songwriters, Tammy Hyler and Richard Fagan, and former Westland, Michigan resident, Bob Stewart (wrote “Christmas Eve on Woodward Avenue” recorded by Karen Newman) and 2010 WYCD Hoedown Artist Molly Hunt. (Performing at the WYCD Hoedown on Saturday, May 15th at 11 a.m.)
- Number one songwriters Tammy Hyler and Rob Crosby recently wrote a song about Michigan, called “On the Line!” Hear it here first!
- A Michigan company called Journals Unlimited has donated journals to the at-risk youth at Monroe Harding children’s home in Nashville. They have donated 30 “Me – A Personal Mini Journal” and 1 “Hiker’s Journal” for Jimmy. When [lastfm]Jimmy Wayne[/lastfm] heard about the journal donation he wanted to write something, to the kids, in each of the journals. Those journals will now be delivered to the at-risk youth over at Monroe Harding.
Amy Rathburg visited Monroe Harding a few months ago to find out how she could mentor a teen through their “Youth Connections” program. “Laquita Harrison over at Monroe Harding was so gracious and sat and talked with me for over an hour telling me about the history of Monroe Harding, all the programs they have and advised me on all of the ways one could help. I told her about my ‘story’ so she could match me up with a teen that would best fit me. She said she has a girl in foster care that would be a perfect match for me. I can not wait to start mentoring her. I know I will probably get just as much or more out of mentoring her than she will. I am so excited!”
“A few weeks before Easter I realized I was not going to be able to make it back to Michigan to be with my family. This made me think about the kids at Monroe Harding and how hard it must be for them, during Easter, since they might not have families to spend Easter with.” As a result, Amy had started a facebook/twitter drive to get people to send her items for the kids at Monroe Harding. (Follow Amy on Facebook and Twitter for more updates!) So far she has received items from Michigan, Louisiana, Miami, Tennessee, New York and many other states. All this has evolved as a result of [lastfm]Jimmy Wayne[/lastfm]’s “Meet Me Halfway” project!
Amy goes on to say, “It has amazed me how many people have donated that really cannot afford to. I had a woman tell me she had to wait until her unemployment check came in because she was just laid off. I never realized until helping people take notice of Jimmy’s project “Meet Me Halfway” that there are so many good people in the world. Project “Meet Me Halfway” is changing so many teens lives and it’s also made me a better person. I am very proud that I was born and raised in Michigan and so excited about all of these events that tie project Meet Me Halfway and Michigan together.”
The Dr. Don Morning Show caught up with [lastfm]Jimmy Wayne[/lastfm] from his journey in Texas! Listen to the interview! As of this posting, Jimmy has WALKED over 1000 miles! Find out what Jimmy’s biggest roadblock has been thus far! Hint: It wasn’t the sub-zero temps, or the dangerous hoods. . .
DETROIT LISTINGS for aid to Homeless Youth:
Covenant House Michigan Covenant House Michigan is a sanctuary for young people who have nowhere else to go. Most are victims of abuse and neglect. Their stories are heart-breaking, yet admirable. Our kids are survivors. Since 1997, we have provided help to more than 35,000 youth who often feel abandoned by those who were supposed to care about them the most.
Ruth Ellis Center Ruth Ellis Center is the only mission specific agency in the entire Midwest dedicated to LGBTQ, (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-atractional, Transgender and Questioning) youth. The Center provides residential and drop-in programs. LGBTQ youth need helpers and advocates who get “it.” We get it. We understand their needs and help them find pathways to safety and independence.
Homeless Shelters Shelter Hotline: 1-800-A-SHELTER
Counterpoint Runaway Shelter, 715 S. Inkster Rd. Inkster, MI 48141 (313) 563-5005
Food and counseling for runaway and homeless youth ages 12-17.
Edwin Danby Memorial Children’s Home 20775 Pembroke Detroit, MI 48219 (313) 537-2130
Food, transportation and counseling for boys and girls ages 7-17. Must be referred by MI Dept. of Social Services
Off the Streets (OTS) Male, 10612 E. Jefferson, Detroit, MI 48214, (313) 824-0499, Mon.-Fri. 9-5
Administration: (313) 824-4520
Hotline: (313) 873-0678
Food, transportation and counseling for runaways (co-ed) ages 16-19. Parental permission is required. Transitional living is for males ONLY
Off the Streets (OTS) Female, 680 Virginia Pk., Detroit, MI 48202, (313) 343-0084
24 hour hotline: (313) 873-0676
Food, transportation and counseling for runaway co-eds ages 12-17. Parental permission is required. (18 BEDS)
The Sanctuary, 1222 S. Washington, Royal Oak, MI 48087, (248) 547-2260
Food and counseling for runaways and girls ages 10-17
Runaways RAP Line, (800) 292-4517
Please leave a comment below if there are shelters in your area that you would like to recognize. Thank you!