CoServ Helping Journey to Dream Help Homeless Teens

Every dollar donated to Journey to Dream to help homeless youth before Dec. 31, 2015, counts twice.

A private donor has agreed to match donations up to $500,000 to help the organization reach its $1.3 million goal to build Kyle’s Place, a safe haven for homeless youth.

A $10,590 donation through the CoServ Charitable Foundation is a big help, says Kristen Richards, Development Director for Journey to Dream.

No Place to Call Home

Homelessness among teens has become a rampant and widespread issue in our society.  The statistics are staggering, and not just in large urban areas where you envision homeless people living “under the bridge”, loitering underground in the subway, or lying on the sidewalks huddling under newspapers trying to keep warm.  Rob Scichili, Marketing and Communications Director of City House, an organization that works with North Texas kids who are at risk for abuse, neglect or homelessness, states, “Homeless, neglected and abused children used to be topics centered around ‘urban life and its issues.’  Today, nothing could be further from the truth. 

Efforts Underway to Help Homeless Teens in Lewisville Area

Jazmien is only 17, but she’s faced more than her share of hardship in her young life.

She grew up fast, taking care of a sick mother and siblings when she was just a child herself.

“They called me a soldier,” she said of the moniker bestowed on her by family members.

That ability to soldier on amid tough times has come in handy over the past couple of years.

Two years ago, Jazmien joined the ranks of homeless teens, a largely invisible group that often slips through the cracks in the web of social service agencies.