Rock County Program to Help Homeless Teens Receives $2,500 Donation

By: AT&T
By: AT&T

\The goal of Project 16:49 is to ensure Rock County’s unaccompanied homeless youth have the services and support they need to stay in school, graduate, and transition into self-sufficient living. The organizations partners with other community service providers and concerned citizens to provide a continuum of services for these teens, including safe and stable shelter and other basic needs, transportation, case management and referral services, mentoring, education and employment assistance, and independent living skills. To learn more, please visit

The AT&T Wisconsin Innovation & Investment Award program provides funding to organizations and programs that improve the community by advancing education, enhancing the environment, promoting economic development, or delivering other community services.

BELOIT (WIFR) — AT&T announced today a $2,500 AT&T Innovation & Investment Award to support Project 16:49 and its mission to empower Rock County’s homeless youth to take action to achieve their goals.

The AT&T donation will support Project 16:49’s efforts to meet the immediate needs of local homeless youth, including safe shelter, food, physical and mental health care, education support and transportation.

“We believe that every child deserves the opportunity to succeed. That’s why Project 16:49 is committed to helping our homeless teens realize their full potential by offering assistance with housing, transportation, education support and more,” said Tammy DeGarmo, Executive Director of Project 16:49. “This contribution from AT&T will help us continue to support our local homeless youth, and it also sends them an important message that their community cares about and believes in them.”

Over the past three years, the number of homeless students in Rock County has been between 900 and 1,000, according to Project 16:49. Many are on their own with no place to call home.

“Too many of our young people deal with homelessness, and this project is critical to helping these students have the care, support and resources they need to prosper,” said State Rep. Amy Loudenbeck, a long-time champion of Project 16:49. “We are very fortunate to have strong organizations like Project 16:49 working hard to help our homeless teens finish high school and have a solid foundation for a successful future.”

Project 16:49 also works to make sure homeless teens have the services and support they need to remain in school, graduate and become self-sufficient adults.

“AT&T shares Project 16:49’s commitment to helping our homeless youth have the education, support and resources they need to be successful in life,” said Scott T. VanderSanden, president of AT&T Wisconsin. “We are proud to once again provide financial support to Project 16:49 to help Rock County’s homeless teens.”

Over the last two years, including this new contribution, AT&T has donated $11,000 to support Project 16:49.

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