Charles

Charles


Charles is 22 and living on the streets of Denver. Charles says homelessness is hard and homeless youth do the best they can, but he continues that the community often works against them. When I […]

Charles

Charles is 22 and living on the streets of Denver. Charles says homelessness is hard and homeless youth do the best they can, but he continues that the community often works against them.

When I first walked up on Charles he was writing out his sign to panhandle. Being a marketer by trade I was curious and asked him what works. Charles responded “the truth”, which is a brilliant lesson for all of us.

Charles has been homeless since 16 years-old. He was in foster care, and says he was in well over 25 placements before he decided to run away.

As I travel focusing on homeless youth, I keep hearing horrible stories of foster care being repeated. Our broken foster care system plays a huge role in both youth and adult homelessness.

 

 

This Invisible People road trip is made possible by  Sevenly and Virgin Mobile USA, who are partnering to end youth homelessness through Virgin Mobile USA’s initiative, RE*Generation. For more information please click here.

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  • @LatestSaMi

    Who is helping Charles and others like him? :(

  • fart

    poor people

  • mozes

    I like how they put jagged metal on the wall so you can’t sit on it.

  • September Plattsmier

    <3 Its important to get involved, and not expect that it will work its self out-or that others are handeling it. It is SHOCKING the amount of homeless youth. They become adapted-just as one becomes instiitutionalized. Its all so unnecessary. Each person can make a wounderful diffrence, if we only try. I dream of one day opening a dormitory-style shelter in Fayetteville Arkansas. Its pathetic our amount of invisible homeless youth that are making their own way into adulthood.