The Wanda Alston Foundation is excited to invite you to our first virtual fundraising event. Please join us for an extraordinary evening of heart warming stories, entertainment and togetherness! From our auction items, to our VIP experience, this will be an evening you won’t forget.
Your support of the Wanda Alston Foundation will help ensure Washington D.C. LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness have access to critical, high quality, safe housing and services that they deserve. This digital fundraising event will raise necessary funding to expand the foundation’s current operational capacity to provide holistic care and services to more LGBTQ youth.
There are multiple ways to support the Wanda Alston Foundation:
- Show your support by attending this digital event on January 13th, 2021 and donate through a ticket tier of your choice
- Providing a packaged item for our fundraising auction as an in-kind sponsor
- Sponsorship opportunities at the Silver, Gold, Platinum or Legacy levels
If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org to continue the conversation.
What We Do
The Wanda Alston Foundation (WAF) is the first and only housing program in Washington, DC that is solely dedicated to offering pre-independent shelter, case management, life skills training, connections to medical, and mental health care, job and school support to homeless LGBTQ youth.
Why We Do It
The mission of the Wanda Alston Foundation is to eradicate homelessness for LGBTQ youth between the ages of 18 and 24. Our youth have been rejected and have survived unspeakable violence and abuse. Many youth experiencing homelessness has been reported as being unsafe in traditional shelters.
How We Do It
Since 2008, the WAF has worked to improve the lives of LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness by providing up to 24 months of shelter, on-site case management, life skills training and connections to medical and mental health care. We provide support and stability to allow our youth to work toward completing educational goals, maintaining stable employment, and decreasing the risk of chronic homelessness and the susceptibility of being reliant on government programs indefinitely.
Who We Serve
Our 24-hour staff, many of whom are members of the LGBTQ community, provide services to hundreds of the most vulnerable youth from all 8 wards.
We operate facilities in Ward 7 and Ward 1 and immediately respond to the acute needs of residents as they arrive at our facility. Our clinical supervisor, licensed social worker and case manager complete full assessments of each resident; develop individual service plans; and make immediate and appropriate referrals to mental health, behavioral health services, medical care and other supportive services.