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Almost home : helping kids move from homelessness to hope

Author: Kevin Ryan; Tina Kelley
Publisher: Hoboken, N.J. : Wiley, ©2012.
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Inside the lives of homeless teens--moving stories of pain and hope from Covenant House Almost Home tells the stories of six remarkable young people from across the United States and Canada as they confront life alone on the streets. Each eventually finds his or her way to Covenant House, the largest charity serving homeless and runaway youth in North America. From the son of a crack addict who fights his own  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kevin Ryan; Tina Kelley
ISBN: 9781118230473 1118230477
OCLC Number: 781681333
Awards: Commended for Benjamin Franklin Award (Politics/Current Events) 2013
Description: xxvi, 230 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Preface: years to understand the light / Kevin Ryan --
Preface: help and the homing instinct / Tina Kelley --
Introduction --
1. A son walks alone: Paulie's story --
Arriving at Covenant House --
The costs of not caring --
Homeless, but graduating --
2. A survivor facing her future; Murel's story --
Arriving at Covenant House --
Helping trafficking victims, holding exploiters accountable --
Fighting back on many fronts --
3. Moving forward after foster care: Benjamin's story --
Memories of mistreatment --
Working toward mental health --
Arriving at Covenant House --
Fixing foster care --
4. A homeless teen mother reaching for a new life: Creionna's story --
Homelessness in New Orleans --
Arriving at Covenant House --
Help for young parents --
5. A teenager with nowhere to go and his mentor: Keith's and Jim's stories --
Arriving at Covenant House --
Keith's thoughts on the meaning of a mentor --
Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg on fostering --
Resilience through mentoring --
The power of a presence --
6. Searching for safety: Meagan's story --
Arriving at Covenant House --
Meagan on her moms and her future --
Helping LGBTQ youth --
7. Separate paths uniting: Paulie revisited --
The death of Decal --
8. What you can do: steps to help homeless young people to thrive --
Mentoring --
Anti-trafficking efforts --
Supporting LGBTQ youth --
Advocacy work --
In the community --
What you can do from your computer --
On the home front --
Keep us posted --
To learn more --
Epilogue --
Photo gallery.
Responsibility: Kevin Ryan and Tina Kelley.

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Inside the lives of homeless teens--moving stories of pain and hope from Covenant House Almost Home tells the stories of six remarkable young people from across the United States and Canada as they confront life alone on the streets. Each eventually finds his or her way to Covenant House, the largest charity serving homeless and runaway youth in North America. From the son of a crack addict who fights his own descent into drug addiction to a teen mother reaching for a new life, their stories veer between devastating and inspiring as they each struggle to find a place called home.

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