At age 19, “Michael” became homeless.
From the age of three through adolescence, Michael experienced 22 different stays in foster care and youth homes.
At age 18, Michael had aged out of the foster care system. After struggling on his own, and with nowhere else to turn, Michael landed on the streets.
Michael’s parents and other family members are themselves chronically homeless. Casa Esperanza was able to break that cycle for Michael.
Thanks to Casa Esperanza’s outreach and shelter services, and our community partners, Michael engaged with professionals he could trust. At Casa Esperanza he had a place to sleep at night.
By playing an active role in Michael’s transition from youth to young adulthood, Casa Esperanza has given him a real chance at life; something many of us take for granted.
Today Michael is safe and successful at a Southern California Job Corps Center, working to build a successful future.