It's hard to believe that in the United States we have homeless children.
From Preppy to Homeless
Without warning, Daniel was confronted with not only the grim reality of his mother’s death, but also with the uncertainty of his own future. Daniel was left with no family. His only option was to live with his mother’s boyfriend. Daniel tried his best to soldier on. He kept his grades high, played in the high-school band, and even earned a place on the baseball team… all while holding down a part-time job.
But then, during his senior year of high school, his world fell completely apart.
Despondent and depressed, Daniel became homeless.
This innocent 16 year old boy wandered the streets for several long months, sleeping in doorways and on park benches, suffering through the freezing cold days and nights. Until, finally, Daniel couldn’t take it anymore…."I had a knife in my hand and began slitting my wrists. Everything hit me at once. My Mom died! I had nowhere to go! I had no education! I had nothing…"As his wrists bled, Daniel realized he needed help. He staggered to a phone, called 911, and was taken to the hospital. An emergency team of doctors saved Daniel… and then referred him to Covenant House Michigan. Daniel has been at Covenant House Michigan’s Crisis Center for three months now and his old enthusiasm is showing signs of making a return. He is preparing to take his GED exam and plans to go to university to study nursing and receive paramedic training. He’s also looking into getting an apartment or moving into Covenant House’s Rights of Passage program.
"Covenant House is a great place for kids… I think of it as a safe place where people are actually here to help you. I’m learning to care about myself and, for once, getting my life together…"
Daniel has a long way to go before his life is truly together, but he’s in the right place to help him get there.