On Feb. 6, 2019, Huckleberry suffered a devastating tragedy.
A massive fire left our building on Geary Boulevard uninhabitable, displacing our staff and causing us financial uncertainty for the foreseeable future.
We now have no long-term home for our Administrative Office – vital to running all our essential services for the 7,000 San Francisco and Marin youth we support every year. We are also without a permanent home for our Huckleberry Wellness Academy-San Francisco, which provides life-changing college access and career support to many first-generation youth.
Today we need your support more than ever.
Please consider a gift to help us reach our Spring Appeal goal of $25,000, so we may continue to provide safety, health, justice and education to all youth who need us.
Your generosity will help us with our fire recovery, as we purchase new office equipment and look for a new permanent home to continue our critical programs for youth in crisis, youth in need of physical and emotional support, and those who are facing difficulties with social justice and inequity.
For 51 years, Huckleberry has helped teens and families overcome adversity. Despite staff displacement, we proudly continue to run all our youth programming. We have been inspired by the same resilience we see every day from the youth that turn to us for help. Youth like Meghan* who wrote to us after hearing the news:
“Huckleberry Youth Programs provided a safe and warm place for me to reside, during a transitional period in my life. If it hadn’t been for them, I may have ended up on the streets of San Francisco just days after my 14th birthday, and who knows where I would be today.” – Meghan*
This fire will have repercussions for Huckleberry for a long time to come. We need to replace destroyed office equipment and secure permanent accommodation urgently. We face the frightening reality that finding a new home is even more challenging given the excessively expensive San Francisco rental market – we potentially will pay three times our previous rent.
If you have donated to us recently, I can’t thank you enough. Your thoughtfulness means so much and has supported uninterrupted service delivery. Today I’m asking all our Huckleberry family to kindly help us again if you’re able.
Will you consider a heartfelt gift before June 30, which is 100% tax deductible, so we can continue to provide life-changing support for the youth who depend upon us?
I can’t imagine having to turn away anyone because we don’t have the facilities to support them. But with your generosity, together I know we can continue to be there for every youth in need.
Douglas Styles, PsyD