Jonahlisa is a homeless youth in New York City. She says there are times you just want to break down and give up.
Jonahlisa says she has been homeless most of her life. At 2, her mother placed her in foster care and she then bounced from placement to placement. Jonahlisa experienced her first night of street homelessness at 9 years-old. To me, just the thought of any child that young on the streets messes me up.
The good news is Jonahlisa is a Covenant House, one of my favorite youth programs. Jonahlisa now has a job, and thanks to a program run by Jonahlisa- she will soon have her own apartment and will be going to school.
Special thanks to Hanes and Covenant House.