“Henry” came to the shelter after running away several times from his foster family’s home. He had been removed from his biological parents’ care because of abuse and neglect and he was also having issues at school.
When Henry turned 18 he would have nowhere to go. Rather than planning on applying for a program like Second Story for Homeless Youth, staff at the Emergency Shelter for Teenagers tried to prepare Henry for a self-sufficient adulthood. They taught him how to find a safe living situation, how to cope with everything happening in his life in a healthy way, and ways to provide and care for himself while living independently. After his stay at the shelter, Henry is better prepared to deal with his frustrations at home and hopes to find a place to live with a friend after his 18th birthday.