Speakers Focus on Children with Homelessness Message

8 years 8 months 4 weeks ago Thursday, November 18 2010 Nov 18, 2010 Thursday, November 18, 2010 7:01:09 PM CST November 18, 2010 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The Governor's Committee to End Homelessness held an event Thursday to raise awareness about homelessness, especially among children. The event featured Michael German, the regional director of the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness. His message addressed the children in attendance, many of whom designed posters displayed during the event. German emphasized how fortunate those kids were to have a place to call home unlike the 13,000 homeless children in Missouri. Sixteen-year-old James Tingwald shared his personal encounters with homelessness, both from an observer's perspective and after experiencing it himself. Tingwald left his home to escape overexposure to drugs and alcohol, only to find himself living on the streets. Though he returned home after a short period of time, Tingwald came across many young people living on the streets. The message to the children, as expressed by both German and Tingwald, was one of respect. Rather than looking down on those living on the streets, the two want people to help them.

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