Youth Speak Out
What some of the youth at 6th Street have to say about their experience...
“When I was homeless, I went to my sanctuary called 6th Street. I believe they saved me from death. The 6th Street Team helped me realize things could get better. Life changing encounters happen at this place.”
“We are not all out here because we chose to be or because we like it out here. Some of us out here on the streets had such an abusive or crazy household in the past that this is all we know or can do at this point.”
“It would be a big stress relief and a very grateful experience to get started on this thing called life.”
“I am very thankful for the help of the 6th Street staff for motivating me in the right direction. I have begun to take two steps forward instead of taking one step back.”
“While I sat by myself on the third street bench I would dream about a life where I was part of society.”
“I hope to find a place to call home and not be lonely anymore.”
“I want to get my life together and leave the drama of the streets behind.”
“I want someone to show me how to change. I need help, I just don't know how to ask for it.”
“We need to look at every person and every story as if it were our own. We need to treat every individual and every youth as if they were our own family member, friend, child, and loved one.”
My life has not been an easy one. That is a generous understatement! Floating from foster home to foster home, finally landing with a real family only to find out that it was even harder for me to adjust to living with them. I headed out to a friend's house, moved out when I thought I had it right, but found out life is even harder without parental figures around. Somewhere in that I fell apart couldn't hold a job, and found myself homeless. Someone had told me about the 6th Street Center and how you can "drop in" but I was scared to try it out. I had tried other services before and felt uncomfortable. For weeks I refused to be a "client" because I was unable to accept that I really needed the help. I eventually came around and it just so happened to be the best decision I have ever made!
6th Street has helped me in so many ways I can't even count. They have helped me become the young man I thought I was. Providing me with; showers, computer access, and clean clothes as well as help with putting together my resume, getting my ID, birth certificate, and peace of mind. They encouraged me to stay on top of myself, and expected more from me when I was lacking, believing in me when no one else would (i.e. myself). Now I currently have a stable job and am going to college. I also am no longer homeless. I now have a stable living environment that enables me to successfully go to school and stay clean and dressed appropriate for work.