Ideas

“Stay Awake”: Homeless Teens

Simple, wise thoughts from my friend Pastor Mary Brown about spotting and engaging homeless youth:

“Youth who are homeless often will hang out in malls or other warm public places. If you are leaving a mall after hours and see a youth still there, s/he may need help. If a youth is hungry, s/he sometimes will walk by the bulk bins at the grocery store and fill his/her pockets hoping no one will see. Tonight on what I thought would be a quick trip to the grocery store, I encountered a youth doing just that. When I asked if she needed help, she quietly said, ‘Yes.’ There are many resources across the country for youth who are experiencing homelessness. Wherever you live, if you need help for yourself or someone you know or have met, call my personal cell phone anytime. No youth should be without a home.”