(Festus) It’s hard to believe there are over one-hundred homeless teenagers in Jefferson County. There is a group that tries to help these teenagers with various things they might need to get through tough times. It’s called the Jefferson County Homeless Youth Initiative. Rachel Johnson is a volunteer for the organization. She says there may be many reasons why a teen is homeless and what their options are.

Johnson says the number of homeless teens has actually decreased a bit in the last year.

The Jefferson County Homeless Youth Initiative helps with transportation costs, emergency food, school supplies, personal care items, and even Christmas gifts. Their office is located alongside Disability Resource Association in Festus. If anyone is interested in donating to the group or needs more information call (636) 931-7696 extension 158.