"Almost Home is that rare and special book that inspires us to make a difference."
—Cory Booker, mayor of Newark, New Jersey
Almost Home tells the remarkable true stories of six young people as they struggle to find home, stopping along the way at Covenant House, the largest charity serving homeless, trafficked, and runaway youth in the Americas. This book offers a glimpse into the lives of the 1.6 million young people in North America who run away or are kicked out of their homes each year, grappling with issues such as family violence, prostitution, teen parenthood, rejection based on sexual orientation, and aging out of foster care without a family. Full of hope, compassion, and practical suggestions on how to fight youth homelessness, Almost Home shows us how to help young people attain the bright futures they deserve.
"With narrative precision and journalistic detail, the heartbreaking trajectory from abandonment and abuse to teen homelessness is laid bare in this book. . . . The compassionately told stories of survival are almost miraculous."
"The trick of engaging readers on public policy matters is to tell human stories. Suddenly, the person we dismiss, fear, or even judge is alive before us and utterly familiar, and we learn, as we do in this powerful and inspirational book, the true meaning of courage, grace, and hope."
—Steve Lopez, New York Times bestselling author of The Soloist
"The moving stories here offer a sense of promise, a belief that with guidance, empathy, and some semblance of home even the most wounded teens can thrive."
—Alex Kotlowitz, bestselling author of There Are No Children Here
"Almost Home accomplishes something very rare in a book about the homeless—it is both descriptive and prescriptive. A vital read for anyone who cares about the future of our society."
—Dale Maharidge, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of And Their Children After Them
It's a great book and would recommend it to all ages. It's sad but the work that is being done is wonderful. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Punkin
Excellent intro to the vital work being done by Covenant House in helping homeless young people salvage their lives.Published 3 months ago by Herbert R. Schulze
A great read for caregivers of foster children . This book lays out the plight of the homeless in our world today. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Gwenn Munroe
This book goes into great detail of the stories of how young adults find themselves homeless. It inspired me to start taking action to help the homeless.Published 6 months ago by Gail Walls
Wonderful read..... very inspiring, kids in this book have a lot to be proud of. Makes you want get out there and help them reach there goals.Published 12 months ago by sarah mueller
True stories about kids trying to make their way living on the streets and the changes that Covenant House made in their lives. I can't imagine how hard that life must be.Published 12 months ago by Peggy Thuman
A bit depressing, I can think of so many more books that leaving you feeling good when you read or finish.Published 15 months ago by Phil P
If you are interested in authentic research on homeless youth in America, this is the read. The terrific combo of research and real life is riveting. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Betty Womack