This one wrecked me. I was crossing a street in Salt Lake City and saw Sergei. I asked him if he would like some socks. He responded “I don’t have any money”, which was the first sign Sergei was new to the streets. I just didn’t know how new.
Today is Sergei’s 18th birthday. Today is also his first night homeless.
Many of you have asked for more details. I am sorry but I became emotional and didn’t get much information. Too me, just the look on his face was enough to feel his pain and get some understanding.
Many of you also asked how you can help. Please support homeless youth organizations like Safe Place.
I have worked with homeless youth before in Hollywood, but this was my first time with InvisiblePeople.tv. This year’s road trip I will be going out with a few homeless youth outreach teams. It’s an important story that needs to be told. I just am not sure I am ready. Today my heart was broken.