Russell rescues youth. Russell Hartsaw has a burning passion for making a difference in the lives of homeless youth, at risk youth and their families. He experienced firsthand what it means to be homeless and abused. He also knows the potential dangers that lie ahead for kids who are homeless and at risk. But what can one person do?
Russell discovered an area in his city where homeless youth hid and supported each other in order to survive. He took food to them that he paid for and received from friends also wanting to help. Eventually, a few of these kids began to trust Russell. They were Gerald and nine of his friends, all between the ages of nine and fifteen years old.
When Russell received money for a gift from a friend, he chose to use it to take these ten kids out to a local restaurant for a meal. It turned out to be a tremendous experience. The manager at the restaurant matched the money so it provided meals for the group and allowed them to take food back to other kids who remained in seclusion.
Providing meals for this group of friends was only the beginning. Due to Russell’s enthusiasm and initiative, area churches and members of the community tirelessly knocked on doors until they found homes for all ten kids!
Russell Hartsaw has now founded an organization to provide resources and support for homeless youth, at risk youth, their families and related organizations. The Invisible Youth Network is made up of volunteer members from every continent in the world. Go to http://www.orgsites.com/ca/youthoutreachinternational and learn more about the mission of the Invisible Youth Network and how you can get involved.
What can one person do? Russell has proved you can change lives!
© 2007 Roger B. Carr
Roger Carr is the founder and owner of Everyday Giving and board member of the Invisible Youth Network.
2 thoughts on “Rescuing Homeless And At Risk Youth To Make A Difference”
I loved this story you highlighted about Russell so much I posted a blog entry about it. You can read the entry here: http://blog.razoo.com/articles/2007/08/08/russells-story-helping-the-invisible-youth
I’m also inviting Russell to become a member of my social cause network on http://beta.razoo.com. Speaking of which, would you like to become a member as well? It’s free and you’ll be able to meet other do-gooders.
Thanks for making others aware of the work Russell and the Invisible Youth Network are doing. I passed your invitation to Russell and I have joined Razoo. I am looking forward to meeting others within your social cause network.
TITLE: Russell’s Story: Helping the Invisible Youth
BLOG NAME: Razoo Blog
DATE: 08/08/2007 10:59:57 AM
I came across a very interesting blog entry which highlights the positive story of a man named Russell and how he changed the lives of 10 at-risk, homeless youth. “When Russell received money for a gift from a friend, he chose to use it to take these ten