Homeless Texas student graduates at top of high school class

One of the most incredible feats to watch is an underdog rise to the challenge, against all odds, and emerge victorious. We all love stories that inspire us to do and be greater, and Liyjon DeSilva's life has been just that kind of story. 

Nothing life threw at DeSilva could keep him down, not even his mother's death, his family's abandoning him, and eventual homelessness for three years during the most crucial time of his life. 

In DeSilva we are seeing just how resilient and capable these brave young warriors can be. Homeless teens are not castaways or worthless, incapable of accomplishing anything with their lives. On the contrary, when faced with giving up or pressing onward, many of these teens, with proper help, go on to achieve great things. 

The turning point, however, comes when a helping hand, like Kyle's Place, reaches out to them and supports them along the way. 

Click here to read DeSilva's full story. 

Nonprofit a Refuge for Homeless D-FW Teens

Kyle's Place, a new nonprofit shelter dedicated for homeless teens, is fighting for youths who often slip through the cracks of government oversight and private attempts to help them.

"There are essentially two kinds of cases we deal with," said Christy Daniel, program and clinic coordinator for Journey to Dream, the nonprofit behind Kyle's Place in Lewisville. "Unaccompanied youth, who have been essentially abandoned by their parents but haven't been picked up by [Child Protective Services], and those who have been removed from their family by CPS."

Shelter Kyle’s Place Opens in Lewisville for Homeless Teens

There are more than 2,000 students from kindergarten to high school who are homeless throughout Denton County. Kyle’s Place aims to provide shelter, support and transition help to some of the area’s homeless youth.

Nonprofit Journey to Dream opened Kyle’s Place at 1960 Archer Way in Lewisville on May 19. The shelter can provide beds and other accommodations for 14 students of high school age at a time.

“We don’t have anything in Denton County for kiddos, for teenagers,” Executive Director and Founder Kim Hinkle said. “Most of them don’t identify as homeless. They won’t say they’re homeless. They kind of sofa surf.”

Shelter Opens in Lewisville for Homeless Teens

There are more than 2,000 students from kindergarten to high school who are homeless throughout Denton County. Kyle’s Place aims to provide shelter, support and transition help to some of the area’s homeless youth.

Nonprofit Journey to Dream opened Kyle’s Place at 1960 Archer Way in Lewisville on May 19. The shelter can provide beds and other accommodations for 14 students of high school age at a time.

Lewisville's Kyle’s Place to Celebrate Grand Opening

It was more than three years in the making, but now officials are ready to open the doors to Denton County’s new teen homeless shelter.

Kyle’s Place will have its grand opening from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, May 19 at the facility, 1960 Archer Way. The event is the community’s first chance to see the completed site. The building was fully renovated, including a new HVAC, roof and kitchen.

“We have seen an increase in homeless youth over the last four years and recognized the critical problem of kids aging out of foster care and becoming homeless,” said Kim Hinkle, co-founder and executive director of Journey to Dream the nonprofit behind Kyle’s Place. “We will make a dent, but there is still so much more to do.”

Kyle’s Place Gives Homeless Youth Hope

Each day, there are approximately 2,000 kids on the street in Denton County; 400 of those are high school students.

Homeless teens– whether running away or asked to leave, aging out of foster care or unable to stay at family shelters– need a safe environment, food, clothing, medical care and supportive services just to begin regaining stability. Many unaccompanied youth have experienced life on the street and the trauma that goes along with it.

Shelter for Homeless Teens to be a First in Denton County

Most teens in Denton County have a place to call home. But for hundreds of others, a life on the streets often leads to fear and depression.

That will change this summer.

"Today is the day we closed on the building," said Kim Hinkle, co-founder of Journey to Dream, a non-profit that aims to help teens affected by destructive behaviors. "So, it's officially ours."

Hinkle will open the doors to a new shelter on Archer Way in northwest Lewisville this summer.

Nonprofit to Open Teen Homeless Shelter in Lewisville

Kim Hinkle wants to offer homeless teens a safe place to stay, and she has chosen Lewisville as the place to do it.

Hinkle, co-founder and executive director of Journey to Dream, will lead a team of people in running Kyle’s Place. The youth home is set to open in the summer. It will provide emergency shelter and 24-hour care for teens 13 to 18 years old, regardless of why they are homeless. 

“When we started thinking about this in 2013, Lewisville was the first city in Denton County to come to us and express an interest in making this happen,” Hinkle said. “It’s neat to be here and see it come full circle.”