ABOUT

We are all guilty of the good we did not do. —Voltaire

img_2209The Songs For Shelter story really began back in 2005. When I was six years old, my parents would bring me down to the Toussaint Academy. I was just a kid having fun and happy to be singing in their talent shows, but I had no idea back then what Toussaint was all about. No idea at all. But I do now. I’ve met many of my fellow teens, and they have touched me. I now understand why this place has always been important to my family.

In late 2014, my Dad and I were discussing how to put my love for singing and music to work for teens who are homeless and living on the streets of San Diego. We talked about how each of us has the ability to help someone – a hug, some food, or a warm bed can change a life. So, I decided that I wanted to do something for my fellow teens – teens just like me in so many ways but who find themselves living on the streets of San Diego. I just couldn’t imagine being on the streets as a teen and my Dad and I started Songs For Shelter to literally give a voice to what is an invisible and heart breaking tragedy.

It’s estimated that over 2,000 teens may be homeless on the streets of San Diego over the course of a year. To make it even worse, it often spirals downward from there for many of these teens – kidnapped, killed, rape, and human trafficking are all part of the risk for our fellow teens.

We’ve now produced two concerts and raised nearly $17,000 for our beneficiaries. Even though I’m away at college, we’re still planning on producing more concerts and growing Songs For Shelter on a national basis to raise money for homeless teens and children across the country. We have some exciting plans ahead and the upcoming concert on June 2, 2018, with Sal Valentinetti is, by far, our biggest undertaking yet! As always, your attendance and support matters!

Please consider lending a hand to our efforts. Attendance, sponsorship, and volunteers are greatly appreciated! We’re going to do our part and will put on another great Songs For Shelter concert, so please help us in any way you can. Thank you!

With love…

AVA PARISI

Co-Founder

CONCERTS
2016 | The Lafayette Hotel | Performers
Ava Parisi

Performer / Co-Founder

Sal “The Voice” Valentinetti

Performer

Cael Dadian

Performer

Jacob Bader

Performer

Isabella Shiff

Performer

Pizarro Brothers

Performers

Monse Lopez

Performer

Mia Sydney

Performer

Isabella Walther-Meade

Performer

Natasha Segui

Performer

Mayra Villa-Perez

Performer

Maia Larom

Performer

Piatt Pund

Performer

Molly Nilsen

Performer

Dennis Dizon

Performer

Tommy Ragen

Performer - The New Generation

Lily Lucile Wood

Performer - The New Generation

Tristan Brooks

Performer

2015 | The Lafayette Hotel | Performers
Ava Parisi

Performer / Co-Founder

Cael Dadian

Performer

Oana Gregory

Performer

Roxie Walston

Performer

Nikki Castillo

Performer

Wes Dameron

Performer

Jazley Genovese

Performer

Jacob Bader

Performer

Isabella Shiff

Performer

Karyn Overstreet

Professional Guest

Rebecca Jade

Professional Guest

Sacha Boutros

Professional Guest

Alicia Previn

Professional Guest

David Patrone

Professional Guest

SUPPORT
The many, many teens who find themselves living on the streets of San Diego need the support of each and every one of us – and that includes YOU!

Here are a few things you can do to help this important cause:

DVD

Please be sure to buy our concert DVD. Please send $20 to Songs For Shelter | San Diego Youth Services and we’ll send you the DVD as soon as it’s finished.

APPAREL

We will shortly have some cool Songs For Shelter apparel that you can wear all year round to show your support for our teens.

TIME – TALENT – TREASURE

If this cause touches your heart, consider donating your time, your talent or your money to San Diego Youth Services. Call Mara Morrison directly to start your own direct efforts.

AUCTION ITEMS

Spend an evening with Greg Douglass of The Steve Miller Band and help support our teens!

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BENEFICIARIES

The beneficiary chosen this year for their services in supporting homeless youth is Washington Elementary School Foundation, a school where 25% of the students are homeless. The team at Washington Elementary does an outstanding job providing its heart, hope, and help to homeless students.

PARTNERS
Our heartfelt gratitude goes out to all our sponsors and supporters for their generous contributions to help our homeless teens!

Retirement Strategies Group

VENUE
We’re proud to be holding this year’s concert outdoors in beautiful Little Italy. Come enjoy a great concert headlined by Sal “The Voice” Valentinetti, and enjoy friends, food, and beverages at GranTerra while supporting homeless youth.
PRESS

UT Community Spotlight | January 22, 2016
Ava Parisi, Monse Lopez, Deacon Jim Vargas

UT Community Spotlight | June 10, 2016
Ava Parisi, Greg Douglass (The Steve Miller Band)

UT Community Spotlight | October 19, 2016
Ava Parisi, Chief DA Summer Stephan, Capt. Tony McElroy