Homeless in America. Where do the homeless children hide? We know they don't want to be found, because of fear of having to go back to a bad situation, or fear of being put into "the system", or worst yet, fear of the person offering help. They're scared, and with good reason. Sometimes parents or guardians kick out a child that identifies LGBT, or a child leaves an abusive situation without any place to go. HOMELESS PEOPLE FACTS
The street is a very hard life. Our Street Outreach program targets the needs of homeless, runaway and at-risk children by providing street based services and much needed resource information. By collaborating with other groups, together we can help hundreds of homeless children each year. We are ready to help more. There are over 1.5 million homeless kids in America. Most turned out to the street for the first time at 15 years of age. Our goal is to try to reunite them with family, if that's not possible, we help to guide them to the programs that will help them progress from crisis to stabilization and independence.
Youth that are homeless are at risk for a host of worse situations, like sexual exploitation, and trafficking, abuse, substance abuse and other risk factors. It's our mission to identify these children, develop trust, and engage them with services and resources. Helping them achieve safety, well-being and ultimately success. Encouraging them to stay in school or study for the GED. Giving them access to telephones, so that they can call a relative or a potential employer can contact them. We help connect them to to the necessary resources and supports they need.
They try to find safe places to sleep, a friend's home or yard, on park benches near their school, in an abandoned house or even a construction site. There aren't many shelters that will take them without a parent or guardian.
We talk to the parents or guardians, we talk to the school counselors all the while ensuring our relationship with the homeless child stays intact.
We make a commitment to the kids, they make a commitment to us. Their commitment to us is that they will stay in school, or get their GED. After that they can choose to go to work, military life, vocational / technical training, and sometimes higher education. Our commitment to them is that they will have the resources available to them to have a better life. We offer counseling, transportation, access to safe places to sleep, access to telephones, computers and more.
How do people become homeless? Children, usually between 13 and 21, are either kicked out by their parent/guardian/foster home or they runaway from a bad situation. Often with the thought that anything is better than the situation they're in. Living on the street is very difficult especially when you're scared. Finding a safe place to sleep, being able to shower, finding food and the only "free" transportation is their feet. Helping a homeless person with a bottle of water, or a protein bar is a good start. Many homeless organizations offer shelter to adults and families, not children.
Giving to the Homeless
Our Street Outreach program identifies and engages with homeless children. Offering transportation, counseling, and access to resources they need, mixed with ministries of love and compassion. Our mission is to help to remove barriers and help to improve opportunities and outcomes for children and youth experiencing homelessness.
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