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 are 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. Many since
birth have journeyed the harsh road of adoptions, foster
care and the constant moving only to severe old
relationship and begin again.
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, abused, abandoned,
neglected, and at risk youth annually, ages 11-22. We
work with youth and families in crisis.
For detailed information on each program take a moment
and travel through our Continuum of Care throughout this