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Youth Homelessness Topic of Twp. Native's Book

Tina Kelley to read excerpts from and discuss 'Almost Home: Helping Kids Move from Homelessness to Hope' on Jan. 10 at Morristown and Morris Township Library.

A former Morris Township resident and New York Times reporter will bring her insight and writings on youth homelessness in the United States to the Morristown and Morris Township Library on Jan. 10.

Tina Kelley's author talk on her book, "Almost Home: Helping Kids Move from Homelessness to Hope," will begin at 7 p.m. The program is free and refreshments will be served.

Each year, as many as two million young people in the United States become homeless, on their own. An overwhelming number of them are forced from home because of violence, neglect or rejection, and many age out of foster care with no place to call home.  In Almost Home, Kelley—with co-author and Covenant House President Kevin Ryan, tell the coming-of-age stories of six children, now young adults, from across North America. Despite almost unimaginable suffering and adversity, these six exceeded almost everyone’s expectations as they fought to make their dreams come true.

Almost Home isn’t just about the six young people profiled in the book. It pays tribute to the hard work done by mentors and supporters as well—the adults who see a child in need, and work with him or her to make it through hard times. The stories in this book are a testimony to the power of having someone in your corner, cheering you on when the outlook is bleak. 

Join the Township native "as she reads from this emotional and yet evocative work and conveys some of the stories therein," said Assistant Library Director Chad Leinaweaver in a press release.

Edward france January 02, 2013 at 10:34 PM
As a realtor I can tell you most towns do not want any " affordable " housing. They think it will reduce home values and equity, and produce crime and bad public schools. They control the zoning laws....so if you dont have an income over $40,000 you leave, or sleep in your car. Another problem is so many people have children that they have little interest in raising. They dont talk to the children,ignore the conflict and let somebody else like local organizations deal with the issues. Very sad. It's called "passing the buck".

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