Unaccompanied youth make up about 7% of the homeless population in Oklahoma City. Sisu, a local nonprofit, is providing resources for these youth through a fair this week.
Sisu is a shelter for homeless youth between the ages of 15 and 24.
They provide overnight shelter, clothing, hot meals, and case management, and for the 16 beds they have available, they currently have 18 residence.
So, this week they are conducting their youth resource fairs across the city.
"The events are Tuesday through Friday. We’re gonna be at Nappy Roots Books, at Sisu Youth Services, and at We the People cultural hub from 3 to 6 (p.m.) each day, handing out supplies such as clothing, toiletries, reusable mask, food," Sisu coordinator Jamie Caves said.
Youth participating in the events will also receive a free lunch, as well as some other valuable resources for mental health, and even HIV testing. This event provides the necessary number when it comes to the homeless population. "It’s such a great opportunity to count the homeless population so that we can see if the services we are providing are helping. It they are decreasing the numbers or if the numbers are increasing, so it gives a lot of information to service providers," said Caves.
In the past, this has been a one-day event, however with COVID, they made the decision to have multiple smaller events spread out across the city, and in an effort to help everyone that needs their help, they are also providing transportation.
"If you’re having a hard time getting to the events, please call us at (405) 459-7478 and we’ll be sure that you get a ride to come visit," Caves said.
The location events will be at Nappy Roots Books on Tuesday, 3705 Springlake Drive, Sisu youth services on Wednesday, 3131 N Pennsylvania Avenue, and We the People's cultural hub on Thursday. Times are from 3 to 6 p.m. daily. Caves said all information received at the events will remain confidential.