HELPING HOMELESS LGBTQ YOUTH
off the streets and put them on a path to success.
The mission of The Courage Home is to get homeless LGBTQ youth off the streets and put them on a path to success. When twelve year old Braeden Lange came out in February of 2015, he was fully supported by his family and still got low enough to contemplate suicide. Thanks to incredible supports that his family found, he is back to his happy, confident self. However, not all LGBTQ youth are as fortunate. Sadly, many face homelessness as a consequence for coming out.
Wanting to do more the Lange family founded the Courage Home. It will provide housing opportunities and services to 18-24 year olds. The Courage Home also works with local organizations to provide employment in safe, accepting environments. We currently are relying solely on donations, so please contribute your tax deductible donation to our Fiscal Sponsor at PunkOut.org
When Braeden came out in February 2015, at the age of twelve he was supported by his family but experienced bullying online and at school. When talks of suicide became a daily thing his parents reached out for help from Andrew Goldstein, a former gay lacrosse goalie. Through his mentorship and friendship, Braeden found himself again. Wanting to do more Andrew and Nick Welton, another openly gay lacrosse player, created The Courage Game. It was played the same weekend as the NCAA Lacrosse Championships in Philadelphia. The game was a huge success and ESPN was there to capture the day. ESPN later aired the footage as a Sportscenter Feature and since its airing in August Braeden has received thousands of messages. Wanting to help others, he has been speaking publicly about his story. He is currently enjoying seventh grade and playing lacrosse, basketball and soccer.