Youth Stories

Youth stories / September 25, 2017

From homeless to champion

I remember in November of 2016, I was on the verge of being kicked out of where I was staying because I was late on my payments. At the time, I had gotten injured at work and was in my bed, crying and asking God for recovery. I felt I had no other choice and worked through my pain to get a retail job - but it was only part time. I was worried about paying all my bills and trying not to get kicked out. My roommate was not trying to hear it and one month later, we got...

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Something to live for
One of our young people, Natalie, came to us about 18 months ago. She had lived with her mother surrounded by relatives, but, within a few months, her great-grandmother, grandmother, and uncle – the only father figure she ever knew – passed away. She was trapped in a relationship with a boyfriend who beat her, and, one day, she and her mother had a fight and her mother threw her out of the house . . . for good.
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Bravery in the face of adversity
Two years ago, a patient came into an emergency room in a local hospital. The patient complained of serious pain, but the doctor quickly realized that the patient was in the depths of addiction and was drug-seeking. The doctor refused to give the medicine and the patient became violent, grabbing a scalpel and attacking the doctor. At the last second, a security guard had to restrain the patient, preventing the patient from stabbing the doctor – or even worse.
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From the streets to the classroom
Sam was just 17 and had already been homeless for three years. His mother’s new boyfriend threw him out. He couch-surfed, moving among friends and relatives until he ran out of places to stay. He spent more than a few nights outside huddled on park benches around Center City.
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