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JOIN US ONSaturday, March 24, 2018

Honoring homeless youth

Reggie’s Sleepout is in honor of Reggie Kelsey, a young man who aged out of the foster care system in 2001, and within three and a half months, was found dead in the Des Moines River.

Reggie had an endearing personality, but suffered from hallucinations and depression. He worried about how he would survive on his own. After being kicked out of his latest foster care placement, Reggie bounced from one shelter to another. He occasionally camped outside while working with the Iowa Homeless Youth Centers’ street outreach staff and others to try to qualify for federal disability payments.

As a result of Reggie’s death, YSS (IHYC’s parent organization), led the effort to develop the Iowa Aftercare Services Network to provide services to those aging out of foster care. The program has since been expanded to include a monthly stipend and additional services.

Reggie’s Sleepout was named in honor of Reggie, and has been held for over a decade in Des Moines at Drake Stadium.

 

We are thrilled to bring Reggie’s Sleepout to Ames, creating another opportunity to show our commitment to prevent another like tragedy.