ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR)– Life on the streets, most of us can’t comprehend it. But thousands of teenagers find themselves “homeless” in St. Louis every year.
We are at Covenant House of Missouri which is organizing the sleep-out Thursday night. More than 30 St. Louis executives and community leaders will be leaving the comfort of their warm homes and spending the night outside on cold concrete to let homeless teens know they are not alone.
Covenant house has provided street outreach to about 2,900 homeless teens in the St. Louis area in the last year.
Their stories are disturbing. Corey Hoskins spent his high school years homeless because of a broken home. At age 15 he was doing drugs and alcohol. A friend introduced him to Covenant House, a residential facility for homeless youth.
Homeless teens grow up fast, getting street smart about how to get out of the cold of winter. And trying to keep your life a secret from school friends.
John Madorin is in a job training program at Covenant House. At age 16 his family put him in residential care because of behavior problem and at 18 went out on his own. Because of Covenant House, John and Corey have gone from a life of hopelessness to one of hope.
The 30 St. Louis executives and community leaders will spend the night on the street from 7 o’clock Thursday night until 7am Friday. Then they will have the opportunity to talk with homeless teens like Corey and John. When this event has been held in other cities those discussions have been real eye openers for the adults who are homeless for just one night.