This is Alex. He's just 18 years old, a recent high school graduate. The sign he's holding says
Thank you SO MUCH!
mom is married to an alcoholic. There was a showdown at home last
August and his stepfather said, "either the kid goes or I go." As it so
often happens in an abusive home, out of fear, Alex's mom tearfully
told him, "I'm sorry," and he found himself on the streets. In early
September, he came to the city from a suburban town hoping to meet up
with other kids and maybe find some work to do. Four months later,
he was still on the street.
tells me that he tries to keep a low profile so that he won't get
roughed up by anyone. On the day we met, I took him into Dunkin' Donuts for some
food. He didn't want to take advantage of me so I had to play the mom
card and order him to actually accept a full combo meal and not just a
sandwich. He smiled shyly and asked if he could have a hot chocolate,
too. My heart shattered. And yes, he got his hot chocolate.