By Katherine E. Krohn
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What is your gut feeling? "I couldn't handle being on the street. I was afraid most of the time. I called a shelter," says Kenny. "I lived there for about a month, but I wasn't happy. I missed my family, especially my little brother. When I was in the shelter, I heard that Lucky was sick. Lucky must have had HIV for a long time and didn't know it. He didn't get help until he was showing symptoms of AIDS. By then he was suffering from a serious illness. "I called Lucky in the hospital, and he told me not to come see him.
Many runaways would not get help at all if it were not for the Covenant House workers reaching out to them. New York City's Covenant House also runs Sprout House, a program that helps runaways find jobs and apartments. The Rights of Passage program for older teens allows runaway youth to reside in the shelter for up to eighteen months. During that time, the teen can get a job, improve his or her job and educational skills, and prepare for life as an independent adult. Page 42 Agencies exist that will help you prepare for adult life.
It is important that you reach out for help. Start smallone step at a time. Page 46 Chapter Four Help for Teens Who Want to Go Home Some runaway teens may hesitate to pick up a phone and call their parents. They may be afraid of punishment for running away. They may fear abuse if they have been abused at home in the past. However, if you choose to go home, you can take steps to make sure that things are not the same as they were before. How to Reconnect Teens may want a mediator, a counselor to act as a go-between for themselves and their parents.
Everything You Need to Know About Living on Your Own (Need to Know Library) by Katherine E. Krohn
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