One in three children on the street will be approached by a human trafficker within forty-eight hours of being on the street. Wow! This is one reason we want to be involved with Journey to Dream.
From hundreds to thousands of homeless children make the street their home in the Dallas Fort Worth area. Many aged out of the foster care system or come from damaged homes. After scouring the internet for a while, the common theme was that a census deemed too difficult because they don’t want to be found out. They’re scared of being returned to an abusive or broken home or are embarrassed.
Journey to Dream “is devoted to embracing, equipping and empowering youth so they can overcome adversity and pursue their dreams.” They run several programs to do just that.
They always say that prevention is better than treatment. The same goes with what Journey to Dream does for youth in the schools. They provide programs that empower and encourage youth. The power of telling students that they are not alone in this world, that there are people who care about them, and cultivate environments for leadership goes farther than you can imagine in the life of a youth.
For the last year or two, Journey to Dream has provided a transitional living home for unaccompanied and foster youth. A safe home, medical care, counseling, case management, academic support, and community outreach are just a few of the things Journey to Dream provides to the youth at no cost to them. Their goal is to break the negative cycles these youth live in and in turn, give them hope, support, and direction on how to live a successful life.
First of all, we want to support a local nonprofit that is making an impact. Secondly, our hearts are broken over the number of youth who feel as though they have no other choice but to fall into human trafficking. All they need is someone to tell them that they matter and that someone cares about them. We feel like Journey to Dream works hard to do just that.
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