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Some run away and live on the streets, desperately fleeing emotional and physical abuse. Others, like Alison, a young girl we recently came to know, took a different route.At 16, Alison packed a few belongings, left home and took refuge in a local shelter
Her older sister had already fled. Emotional and financial stress had made their broken home so intolerable that Alison couldn’t focus on her school work or sleep properly. She dreaded going home every day.
From the shelter she shared with many women, she took the bus to school and worked part-time at a fast-food restaurant. She felt even more stressed, alone and isolated.
“At Phoenix, they teach you how to be independent,” she says. Yet, for the first time in her life, she felt supported, too, thanks to trained staff members who are always available. “If I ever need to talk to someone, they’re there. If I ever need help with something, they’re there.”
Alison found a place where she could feel safe, secure and supported at Eva’s Phoenix, a transitional housing complex operated by Eva’s. She loved the fact that she had her own room, so she could study in peace and sleep better. She was encouraged to cook her own healthy meals and she learned to love it. She had the freedom to come and go as needed. She valued being trusted enough to get herself to school and to work on time.
53% of youth who are experiencing homeless drop out of school. These youth report a higher than average experience with barriers including bullying, learning and physical disabilities and mental health challenges. Of those who dropped out, 73.9% report a desire to return to school.
We are very proud of Alison and are pleased to share her story with you – so you can see that your support really does make a difference. Alison is now busy working on her goals of finishing high school, getting a place of her own and finding a good job. Yet there are many, many more youth out there who are still vulnerable.
Thanks to you, homeless youth are able to overcome the many obstacles life has thrown at them.
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