Our Stories

These Are Our Stories

"Physical abuse and neglect can leave emotional scars that last a lifetime. As parents, love is the most important thing we can give our children." -Adrianna Freeman, singer
I grew up with six brothers and sisters with my father and step-mother. Life was good. My family had more than enough money to go around because of the truck driving job my father had. My father drove truck for about eight or nine years. He had a...
This 14 year old mixed race Caucasian/African American female was referred to Harry's Mother via the Crisis Line. The family was contemplating a crisis respite stay for "Carissa", but made the decision to try family counseling as a...
Carrie was asked to leave home by her stepmother when she was 15.
Charessa left home when she was 9 years old. Not enough money, my family couldn't provide for 3 so one of us had to go, and that was me, so I left and ended up on YouthCares doorstep.
My name is Charlene. I am presently 18 years old. I have gone through a lot of things in my life that have brought me to your program today. I have overcome difficult things that have made me the person that I am today.
Chelsea and her mother came to us for family counseling. Chelsea is 15 years old and her father has never been in her life. She is an only child. About half-way through the previous school year, she began exhibiting negative behaviors both at home...
Crystal Lynn was born to a 14-year-old mother and raised by her grandmother. At age 12, she found her grandmother murdered. In need of a place to stay, she "couch surfed" among extended family and friends.
Before I knew about Sasha Bruce Youthwork, I thought that my life had no purpose or meaning. I didn't really care about my future. I wasn't in school, didn't have a job and barely had a pillow to rest my head on. I lost respect for my...
I lived with my grandma since I was two days old until I turned13. During those years I was hit with any objects that she could find. She would leave me in the house alone for days, smoke weed and drink around me. I just held all this anger in till...
Five years from now I would like to be traveling the world with the Navy. Seeing different parts of the world. I mean they're flying me to Chicago next soon, that's were their boot camp is.
Since entering into the program Janel has obtained her legal documents, which is an extremely difficult task for homeless youth because of the many hoops this population must jump through.
Um, one of the hardest things to see is, um, see the friends that I've made do dope kill themselves that way. Methamphetamines...
Jessica left home when she was 15 to escape a home environment in which her mother was abusive, both emotionally and physically. When her sole support person, her brother, left to join the Air Force, she left home too. "I couldn't deal...
Joseph left home when he was 13. He explained that he left because there were few resources to take care of the needs of his large family. "It was just that my mom couldn't take care of all of us. I have 3 brothers and 3 sisters." He...
Luke's parents had a history of drug and alcohol abuse, and he and his siblings were removed from their home when he was only three years old. The children were placed with their grandmother, and as Luke grew older, he learned to play the...
Lydia was hysterical when the National Runaway Switchboard (NRS) frontline team member took her phone call to 1-800-RUNAWAY. "I could feel her shaking through the phone line," recalls Marisa. It took a few minutes, but by building rapport...
Mike came to Brahma House headstrong and unhappy. He and his mother had moved here from Korea, and he quickly became a typical American teen. He wanted the freedom to do things with his friends, just like other kids his age, and continually...
"My name is Natasha. My life started out rough as a child. At the age of four or five my sister was sexually abused by my father. My mom went to Texas at that time because her mother was sick. When she arrived back home all three of her kids...
Nick is a 16 year old living in YouthCare's Shelter Program. Nick has been in and out of shelters since he was 13 years old, when his mother asked him to leave home. He has been living on and off in shelters and on the streets for three years.
Paloma came to Promise House when she was in high school. Frequent runaway episodes defined her life at that time. Although she attended a private Catholic school, she was many times sleeping in the school's football concession stand, on top of...
I left home because like I was tired of rules, um and I don't really like to abide by rules because I was a hardheaded person, I didn't really like to listen to anybody else. I felt like I could do what I wanted. Which, like you know what...
When Winnie, an NRS front line team member, initially took Roberto's call to 1-800-RUNAWAY earlier this summer, she was concerned. Roberto was having trouble telling his story. After reassuring Roberto she was there to help, and promising him...
Living with my mom and my stepfather was difficult. My stepfather came home every night drunk and would beat my mom up. My brother and I didn't sleep well wondering if we would be next.
On a particularly crisp fall evening, Beth left her class, stopped by a coffee house and prepared for her volunteer shift at the National Runaway Switchboard (NRS). Beth sipped her latte unaware that her very first hotline call that day would change...