SDYS Voices

SDYS Voices: Angel


Meet Angel, a teen staying at our emergency shelter for homeless youth.

“Homelessness means you have nowhere to go. Even if you have no friends to go to, if you have a family at the house that doesn’t want you, you have nowhere to go but the street. I was really stressed out. I wasn’t thinking properly in my head. I was self-harming, not knowing what I was doing. At that point, I knew I didn’t want to go too far so I called 911 and they came in and took me to the hospital to get evaluated.

My next step is finishing anything to do with school to give me skills to help me get a job, which will help me to live independently. What’s good about being here is you feel comfortable. You can connect with other youth and staff members also have their stories. You can talk to them and you just feel comfortable.”