Greetings Community, Neighbors, Partners, and Allies,
2013 marks 30 years of service for the Ain Dah Yung Center (ADYC).
To commemorate the occasion, we invite you to support American Indian children and their families with a $30 gift in honor of our 30 years. Perhaps you know a child or family that has come to ADYC for help, maybe you have worked with us through the county or the state, or are you a neighbor that sees our van take kids to school and bring them home every day? Maybe you just want to be sure that ADYC continues to be open no matter the time or day, because emergencies happen, and because you know that kids need a safe place to go.
Whatever the reason you can be sure that we will squeeze every last penny out of your gift… from snacks,and school supplies, to therapists and case workers, we watch every dollar to ensure we are efficient and effective. Thank you in advance for your support. It is an honor to have you walk with us.
The Ain Dah Yung Center (ADYC) leads the way in providing culturally focused services to homeless American Indian children and their families. Our Emergency Shelter, Oyate Nawajin (Stands with Family) and Ninijanisag (Our Children) programs are more effective than mainstream services for American Indian families.
Thirty years ago, the first American Indian school in St. Paul (The Little Red School House) recognized that many of its students were homeless or focused on survival and meeting basic needs. School leaders also recognized that a majority of homeless children were, and continue to be today, American Indian. Out of these realities and through the hard work of many early American Indian leaders and the generosity of funding partners, Ain Dah Yung was created in 1983.
Today, ADYC uses traditional American Indian beliefs and an asset-based approach that builds on the strengths of our families. The original Emergency Shelter program has expanded to include Ninijanisag [Our Children] and Oyate Nawajin [Stand with the People] Programs as well as the Beverley A. Benjamin Youth Lodge, and our Street Outreach Program.
Last year, more than 4,500 children and families came or were referred to ADYC. Together we use traditional American Indian values as a starting point for personal and community growth. Programs are developed through the generosity and wisdom of our elders who continue to teach the ways, through allies who understand the importance of culturally relevant services, and community members and partners who stand alongside us with visions that lend to opportunities of wellness and triumph.
For those of you that have walked this path with us, thank you (Miigwech). Because of you, children are safe when in crisis, and families are staying together with the resources and support they need to be successful and break dangerous and violent cycles.
Unfortunately, our work is not done. Today we not only serve our families, we also work with the wider mainstream and American Indian community to find permanent solutions to homelessness, poverty, and addiction. Your financial support means we can advocate within systems for our clients, it means we can provide a mental health counselor to our residents and shelter kids. It means that we can continue to walk this path of caring for our community.