OKLAHOMA CITY - A non-profit organization that helps at risk youth is now open in Oklahoma City.
SISU Youth is a non-profit aimed to help empower the homeless youth, experiencing adversity and don’t have a place to call home.
Penny Reynolds, with SISU Youth said, "Homelessness can be described in a number of different ways."
There are more than 8,000 homeless youth in the Oklahoma City area public schools and more than 11,000 kids in Oklahoma DHS custody.
Reynolds said, "They could be living on the street, what they call couch surfing or looking for a place to stay night to night."
SISU Youth is now open once a week, a drop-in site, to help thousands of 15 to 24 year olds, in need of housing, independent living guidance and workforce training.
SISU is accepting donations right now.
Right now, they desperately need socks and hygiene products like soap and mouthwash.
Penny Reynolds knows first-hand about the struggle; she was left homeless without a place to shower.
Reynolds said, "After a while I didn't have a place to live. I was living in my car but I still worked, I had a car, I was making car payments, but I would shower at the lake."
Reynolds says those who are homeless should know they are not alone and they can still succeed.
Reynolds said, "Homelessness is not who they are, homeless is just what’s going on right and that they can be whoever they want and that they can succeed in whatever way they want."
SISU Youth is open Thursdays from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and is located at 1225 Sovereign Row Ste.105 in Oklahoma City, behind Sheplers off of Meridian, just south of I-40.
If interested in donating supplies like food and clothing, there are drop off locations around the metro: Cuppies & Joe on NW 23rd & Shartel, New World Comics on NW 63rd & Meridian, Nature's Treasures on SE 15th between Sooner Rd. & Air Depot in Midwest City.
To contact SISU Youth by phone call (405)459-SISU or by mail at SISU Youth, Inc. 1225 Sovereign Row, Ste. 105
The non-profit also has a fundraising page.