Bridgewater, New Jersey. 28 January 2021 – The Drederick Irving Foundation, a foundation that supports vulnerable youth and technology, is giving back to the community with a donation of $15,000 to Visions & Pathways. This donation will help Visions & Pathways manage through the COVID-19 Pandemic and help support its new Technology Center.
According to Mr. Irving, helping vulnerable kids is one of the most important things he can do to help the community. “These kids don't deserve to be homeless. No one deserves to be or should be homeless. And if we can help these kids beat the statistics, then we truly are a strong community. I am fortunate to be able to pay it forward and help others. And am glad to be able to help Visions & Pathways.”
Mr. Irving attended and played basketball for Boston University in which he is BU’s all-time leading scorer. He is a former professional basketball player and successful Wall Street Broker. He is currently a partner with Starfund Companies, where he works on celebrity introductions and negotiations. Mr. Irving is committed to helping and supporting technological initiatives that benefit underserved youth.
Visions & Pathways, a non-profit helping NJ at-risk and homeless kids ages 13-24 since 1970, provides safe housing, food and support services including life skills training and secondary education for those not able to attend local schools. Whether it is one night or two years, Visions & Pathways sets up vulnerable kids for success. Visions & Pathways has managed the past year's challenges, like many other organizations, families and communities, by quickly addressing the needs of the public health crisis and adapting how we help others. We have been challenging ourselves to reach our ecosystem more effectively in order to better support the kids that need us. Using our start, stop, continue, and enhance challenge framework, we have conducted crowdfunding campaigns, and diversified our model including pivoting quickly to virtual fundraisers with the leadership of our amazing staff and volunteers.
The facts about homelessness and its consequences are shocking and making communities aware is the first step in fixing it.
· Almost 40% of the homeless in the United States are under 18
· 57% of homeless kids spend at least one day every month without food
· 25%+ of former foster children become homeless within 2-4 years of ‘aging’ out
· 50% of adolescents aging out of foster care and juvenile justice systems will be homeless within six months because they are unprepared to live independently and have limited education and no financial and no social support.
Visions & Pathway’s outreach programs and group residences are in Bridgewater, Morristown, Plainfield, and other parts of New Jersey. Overall, Visions & Pathways has helped over 10,000 kids since 1970. Outreach programs often help as many as 100 kids at a time. Click Vision&Pathways to learn more about how we help kids and collaborate with communities and community members. Or reach out to Adriana Gonzalez at AGonzalez@VisionsandPathways.org#HelpUsHelpKIds