OUR TEENS SPEAK OUT
(writings from our teens past and present)
One girl writes :
I made it through high school some what scarred and bruised.
No longer a little girl
Iím moving into a world filled with rules.
Itís right what they say that you have sunny days
itís just you have to be able to make it through the rain.
Iím only eighteen, tryiní to make it to that specific dream
where youíre that person youíve always wanted to be.
Itís kind of hard when people doubt you sometimes
you just wish they knew or they had a clue
of what youíre going through.
Itís that time to prove any and everyone wrong
show them that youíre very strong.
Nobody said it would be easy
thatís what friends and family are for.
To help you get through
The miseries life sometimes has in store.
Yaíll make mistakes just like I did
and still is that's what the wonder of life gives, and yaíll learn
Growing up in and out of foster homes it was hard to attach to anybody. I never belonged any where.
I remember my 18th birthday was coming fast, I would mention it to the foster mom and she would just
smile and tell me I better find a job. She would say that life was rough without a job.
I didn't want a job I wanted to go to college. City College was my idea but where was I going to live?
My foster father made no bones about it at 18 I was out. I saw him put others out so I knew he meant it.
My parents where still messing up, grandma was to old, my auntie said I was old enough to take
care of myself, and I had only been in the last foster home about 7 months.
I'll never forget, I remember it like it was yesterday. ONE week after my 18th birthday I was told
I had to leave. Where was I to go? What was I to do? I remember putting my things in my friend's momís garage
and would sleep on the back porch at night. Shower when her mom wasn't home. Embarrassed about life.
Being homeless has its advantages and disadvantages. Most people believe that being
homeless means living on the streets but you can live with friends and still be homeless.
Being homeless is not having a place to call your own. Whether it is living with friends
in a shelter or on the streets. When I was homeless I learnt a lot. Like, not everyone that
is homeless is there because they donít have anyone to stay with or a place to live. I meet
this one guy that had his own house, wife and kid but yet he wanted to live on the streets
because he didnít want to deal with paying bills and the stresses of life.
Being homeless is the most frees thing in the world. You donít have anyone to tell
you what to do or were to go. You have different worry then normal people. Like,
were there next meal going to come from? Or were there next high going to come from?
A lot of people think that homeless people are drug addicts but the truth is that
the most powerful reason for homeless people doing drugs is that it takes them away
How would you feel if you had no worldly positions and you were eating food that
other people have left on the streets or that they have thrown away? When you are
living in abandoned buildings and trying to stay warm you have to do something and
since homeless people donít have money to go out and buy a heater or a sweeter then
we do drugs to take are minds off of the situation that we are in.
The life of a homeless person is much like the life of a person with a home in the
way that we have rules that we obeyed by, they are different but they are rules.
We have girlfriends, dogs, and people that we love etcÖ In all ways we are the same
as people with homes but the only different is that we sleep on the streets or in
So in conclusion homeless people live normal lives for them. Not everyone has the
same life style, in a since it is similar to the differences in the life style
of a rich persons life style and a normal persons life style. As were a rich
person do not have to worry about paying bills or paying for there kids football
uniform and a normal person have to make sure that they have enough money in the bank.
When you look at a homeless person you have to understand that they are people just like
you and I, but some were in life they were dealt a bad hand, whether they chose it or it
was chosen for them.
NO body knows it but me!
Your tax deductible donation can help a child like this that thinks homelessness is a way of life.
Please give these children a chance, to become productive members of society.
Your donations go to blankets, food, shelter,
and basic necessities of life.
We thank you in advance for your donation.