Skip to main content

Method for Teens to Exit Homelessness

A set of instructions ostensively for keeping one's homelessness secret probably has better utility at helping a teenager escape the streets and find a more-normal life. The "instructions" were written by Lotta Valdez for Lotta Valdez Weblog, in a post titled "How to be homeless and remain undetected." [A post in Joel John Robert's L.A. Homeless Blog alerted us to this find.]

Lotta tells us she was homeless for a year, but nobody knew it. Everything turned out all right for her, thank goodness.

Following is the gist of Lotta's instructions with some thoughts on how they can be followed by a Sacramentan on our mean streets Note, the ideas are fully fleshed out in the post in Lotta's blog.

  • Wear nondescript clothing. Dark clothing will hide dirt better.
  • Invest in a prepaid cell phone.
  • Never stay at a friend's house for more than three days. If you are under 18, adults who take you in can be charged with harboring a runaway.
  • Get a bus pass.
  • Get a part time job and keep it.
  • The Whopper value meal contains over a thousand calories. One of these can keep you going for about a day and a half.
  • Take vitamins if possible. [A Sacramentan can probably get free vitamins from the nurse Suzy or Dr. McKey at Loaves & Fishes.]
  • Stay clean; do laundry frequently.
  • Kurt Cobain taught us that hospital waiting rooms are good places to spend the night. You shouldn't be bothered there, just try to be discreet. There's often free phones in the waiting rooms as well, so you can make some phone calls. [For Sac'to Homeless, the UC Davis Medical Center Emergency waiting room is a good bet.]
  • Never cop an attitude with people who shoo you out of somewhere. Go quietly.
  • The public library is your friend. Try to go to the largest branch possible. [In Sac'to, that's Central Library at 8th&I, downtown]
  • Girls, wear your hair in a bun, guys, keep your head shaved.
  • The system isn't set up to help homeless kids. If you're caught, you stand a big chance of being sent back to your parents.
  • Make a concious plan to get out of the situation. List the steps in detail and complete every one of them. Never become complacent with your situation.
Note that Sacramento Homeless blog does not like the idea of underaged people being out on the streets here or anywhere. We would much prefer that teenagers find adult relatives who will help them to reside in a proper home. But, we do know that some teens find themselves caught in impossible situations.

SacHo will follow up this post with other advice for how a teen might get help from local authorities. Or, how a teen might find a mediated way to reconnect with and iron out problems with his/her parents.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

The Mission Five Years Ago, And Today

I have spent the night the past two weeks plus at the Union Gospel Mission and am having an excellent time of it -- not only regards to sleeping in the dorm that the mission has, but also listening to the sermons that are delivered in the early evening. The Christmas music that is performed is also splendid. [And the food -- the FOOD -- has been fantastic during my stay so far! A happier Tom there couldn't be.] I chatted with a pal last night about The Mish – about how things were about five years ago when we both used the mission’s services frequently, and how thing are, today.
Five years ago, there were a lot scuffles between the guys when the front gate was opened in the early afternoon and in the area near the contact window there were some brawls as guys fought over where guys were in line to get a bed in the dorm.
Nowadays, however, the mission is very much a peaceful place both on the grounds of the facility and and out on the street.
I do not know what transformative eve…

Homeless Sacramentans lose case that would have given them the right to set up outdoor camping

8/11/13 I certainly give attorneys Mark Merin and Cat Williams credit for pursuing a case against the city of Sacramento to give homeless Sacramentans the right to set up tents and a campsite. I wanted them to win their case, but they didn't. They lost it.

BUT, it is also necessary to look at the particulars of the case that Merin and Williams brought and see that the situation underlying the court case was not very compelling.

During the period eight years ago when 22 homeless campers set up their tents and brought in supplies to Mark Merin's vacant lot at C Street, near 12th, there was loud noise and plenty of other mayhem. Drug dealers were on the street encouraging buys from the campers. The Hernandez couple that lived in a house nearby were constantly being taunted by the campers, disrupting their lives.

Per always with Safe Ground camps, calm was deserted for the sake of boisterousness.

Leader John Kraintz and the other Safe Grounders would claim to have signed strict a…

After a Three-Month Hiatus, a Fall from a Ladder & a Broken Wrist, Evangelist Jimmy Roughton Returns to Union Gospel Mission to Preach

After being away from Union Gospel Mission for a quarter of a year, Jimmy Roughton returned to preach at UGM on the cold night of December 13 -- despite suffering [a little? a lot? dunno.] from a fall from a ladder that likely immediately preceded a significant injury (a wrist that was broken).


It was good to see his group from Capital Free Will Baptist Church up on the pulpit, with Roughton rough-and-ready to seduce and inspire the happily-captivate crowd at UGM.


Roughton told us in his opening words that he was now in his 27th year coming to the mission.

I recall the first preaching I had heard from Roughton on June 13, 2009. At that time and up to the current time, Roughton is the only preacher I had ever heard evoke Pascal's Wager -- which is something he would do, occasionally thereafter at the mission. He would evoke Pascal's wager, yet again, last night [12/13/17].


Pascal's wager

Last night, Jimmy evoked Pascal's Wager. He did so near the end of his talk, citing …