Unknown: Sarah

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This is the fourth post in a series written by a dear friend. She has a huge heart for unknown and forgotten children. Over the weeks she will be sharing their stories.

One of the most amazing and important things I have learned over the past twenty years working with at risk and homeless youth around the world is how resilient and resourceful they can be. I’ve seen street kids in Kenya build unique and interesting toys and household items out of trash that you and I would have never even looked at! I have seen kids in the U.S. find odd jobs and make encampments that would make the Boy Scouts proud!

I asked one of my favorite kids who has become part of our family over the past 4 years if she would tell her story in her own words. She is truly one of the most resilient, resourceful, intelligent and determined young women I have ever known. I think you will agree after you read her story.

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In the summer of 2011, after leaving an abusive mother and bouncing around family members for awhile, I found myself 17 years old and alone on the streets of Seattle.  I didn’t know anyone, I had nowhere to go and I was completely alone.

I went to the library and found a drop in center for homeless youth. I met a group of kids there that camped together in a tent under the freeway overpass. They took me in and I started dating one of them. I was 17 and he was 24. Looking back, I realized that I didn’t really like him very much but he was stronger, bigger and seemed like a good person to protect me in this new scary life.  

Unknown: Let Me Introduce You to My Friends

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This is the first post in a series written by a dear friend. She has a huge heart for unknown and forgotten children. Over the next weeks, she will be sharing their stories.

SO we have to get this out in the open right from the get go. I’m not young, hip, or culturally relevant. You may have guessed that by the fact that I used the phrase “from the get go.” Yep, I’m officially OLD.

I don’t hang out with young people who have been marginalized and vilified by our society because I’m so cool…or because I want some new edgy best friends. I don’t try to fit in. I don’t even have tattoos or piercings. Okay…I do have one tattoo but it is really small and no one even knows its there. I would probably get more (It’s true! Having one DOES make you want to get another!) but my kids think it’s creepy that  their OLD MOM has a tattoo!

I simply hang out with these kids because I care about them. If you knew them like I know them, I think you would care about them too.