DALLAS - As we approach the season of expressing thanks it`s also the season of expressing empathy for those who don`t have the things we take for granted, like a home. On Wednesday local teens gathered for a panel discussion at the Communities Foundation of Texas in Dallas to discuss a sensitive topic; teen homelessness.
It was in connection with a program called See Me Now: Teens Without Homes which brings awareness to the issues of homeless youth. Teens were on-hand to give personal accounts of the hardships homelessness brought into their lives as well as the role that homeless children’s shelters played in getting them the help they needed.
The teens discussed everything from the issues that caused their homelessness to where they slept. There was even one account of having to sleep in a movie theater. At least one of the teens talked about having to resort to prostitution just to survive.
But there were also stories of persistence, when a teen discussed not missing school despite not having a home to go or bed to sleep in. in the end these teens made it off the streets and look forward to brighter futures.