Almost Home: Helping Kids Move from Homelessness to Hope
In this book, the authors tell the true stories of six homeless young people as they struggle to find a home and create a promising new life for themselves. All of these kids stopped along the way at Covenant House, the largest charity serving runaway, homeless, and trafficked youth in the Americas. Their stories offer a glimpse into the lives of the 1.6 million young people in North America who run away or are kicked out of their homes each year, facing such issues as family violence, prostitution, teen parenthood, rejection due to sexual orientation, and aging out of foster care without a family. Taken together, the six stories provide a candid picture of the challenges of the times, the resilience of homeless youth, and the generosity and kindness of adults who make a difference for them. They also provide insight into the many complex and interrelated forces that contribute to the growing stream of young faces at shelter doors, and highlight promising steps that can be taken to address each one. Modified Author Abstract.