Almost Home: Helping Kids Move from Homelessness to Hope
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.
Inviting us to get to know homeless teens as more than an accumulation of statistics and societal issues, this book gives a human face to a huge but largely invisible problem and offers practical insights into how to prevent homelessness and help homeless youth move to a hopeful future. For instance, one kid in the book goes on to become a college football player and counselor to at-risk adolescents and another becomes a state kickboxing champion. All the stories inspire us with victories of the human spirit, large and small. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of each book will help support kids who benefit from Covenant House's shelter and outreach services.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - PamelaBarrett - LibraryThing
As I finished reading Almost Home: Helping Kids Move from Homelessness to Hope, hurricane Sandy has devastated the east coast right in the areas that Covenant House has shelters for the homeless teen ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - vegetarian - LibraryThing
6 heart-rending stories of young persons who ran away from home and families that seemed dysfunctional to them, and what Covenant House does in hopes of rehabilitating them and their hopes for finding lifelong peace within and living normal lives. Read full review