What’s invisible to the sight, deaf to the ear and unknown to the average person? A homeless teenager. It used to be said, “Children should be seen and NOT heard.” Sadly today many homeless teens are “Unseen and Unheard.” Who are they? They are the Abused, Troubled,  Neglected, and Abandoned. Youth of our community. They cast a shadow and yet they are unseen to many. Without help their shadow will fall on society for many years to adulthood.

They are runaways! They left their homes! Surely they have a home to go to! They can go home if they wanted to! These are often the comments we hear as we advocate on behalf of homeless teens. While some of these comments have some merit, they more often than not designed to ease our sense of guilt or remorse, these comments allow us to disengage and even make light of plight.

Consider under what circumstances you flee your home. The answer is simple “SAFETY.” Many teens did just that they fled to safety. Many teens are victims of dysfunctional parents or adult caregivers.
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Many since birth have journeyed the harsh road of adoptions, foster care and the constant moving only to sever old relationships and begin again. So with this backdrop what is the answer? How do we reach so many with such diverse and complex needs?
So Why Tumbleweed?
Since 1972 Tumbleweed has expanded to provide more than a dozen direct service programs that provide a continuum of care for over 3000 homeless, conduct disordered, abused, abandoned, neglected, and at risk youth annually, ages 9-22. We work with youth and families in crisis. Over 80% of these youth return to their homes.

For detailed information on each program take a moment and travel the road of “Hope to Reality” throughout this site.

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