For Safe Haven for Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual and
Youth Kicks Off in Southern California
Author Annette Patterson Has Founded The Only Permanent Gender Inclusive Housing Solution Serving Homeless
LGBTQ Youth In The Inland Empire of Southern California
For Immediate Release:
The 1st Annual Black Tie Fundraiser Dinner for Joshua
Home: An LGBTQ Safe Haven will be held on March 29, 2014. This event brings attention to the silent
epidemic of homelessness among LGBTQ youth.
What happens during childhood and
adolescence shapes who young people become as adults. For some, embracing their
sexual orientation or gender identity that is different than the “norm” can
happen easily, without much agitation or stress. For most, however, the process
of figuring out who they are in terms of sexual orientation or gender
identity/expression is not easy, and is usually a source of intense struggle
and conflict that can take many years to overcome. These teens are oftentimes shunned by
schoolmates, from dysfunctional home environments, have been abused in some way
The gala will be held on the grounds of Redlands University in the
Casa Loma Room. Hosted by Rangi Ya Giza
(RYG); a non-Greek brotherhood at the University of Redlands
committed to community service, diversity, and brotherhood, the event promises
to be impassioned and informative.
Although there has been an outpouring of support, the organization
needs ongoing funds and in-kind donations to provide for Joshua Home’s needs.
Following are some of the needs: Two twelve-passenger vans; Five bedroom, two
bath Single family home; Clothing and personal items, Complete furnishings for
the home; Game systems; Computer center for six; Administrative office
furnishings and supplies. Complete list available upon request.
JH Safe Haven
is enlisting the support of the community to help bring awareness to the
prevalence of the issues of which these young people are being challenged.
Dr. Heath Adam Ackley, former
head of the Theology department at Azusa Pacific University, and others, will
address the guests during the dinner, guests will be treated to a cuisine prepared by Bon Appetite, and a
jazz band. Annette promises a powerful evening to be remembered.
ABOUT JOSHUA HOME: AN LGBTQ SAFE HAVEN:
JH Safe Haven was created for
at-risk LGBTQ Youth who are homeless on the streets, staying with friends, in
mainstream shelters or in foster or group homes that are ill-equipped or
unwilling to address and accommodate their needs. Of the many youth shelters in
Southern California few if any are trained, experienced or sympathetic enough
to address the specific challenges LGBTQ Youth face when homeless, helpless and
Pioneered in 2013
by Founder and Executive Director, Annette
Patterson, Joshua Home’s goal is to
make sure every homeless Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning
young person ages 12 through 20, in the counties of San Bernardino and
Riverside has a place to call home. They are taught to embrace and love
themselves through the acceptance, guidance and love they receive at Joshua Home.
Home: An LGBTQ Safe Haven is a California Non-Profit
Organization whose commitment is to end LGBTQ homelessness.
Contact: Annette Patterson
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