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But one day, I got a call from my mom in Omaha saying she was cutting off my health insurance. I was in and out of the psych ward, trying to run away from home, and doing badly in school.
I didn't want my medical bills piling up on Grandma Jeri so I decided to go back to my mom in Omaha. After I moved back in with my mom, everything went downhill. Then in the last month of my junior year, I was raped by a close friend of mine, an older man that I had trusted and admired for some time.
"One of the things you go to your family for when you first start dating is their more finely honed B. I don't have those parents Savage is talking about, screening my dates or paying the bills. I've held a check-out job at Cub Foods in Edina for three years; even when I was homeless.
I took the bus here and made it to work on time every day.
In 1996, Simoes started pairing gay teens that were homeless with people who had spare bedrooms.
All I had was two hooded shirts that were very warm, but not warm enough to sustain long periods of time in a Minnesota winter.
I tampered with idea of sleeping in a trash can, which was full at the time, but it seemed like a dangerous idea to fall asleep in the trash can because I didn't know when the trash was being picked up.
Roy Lee Spearman Jones tells the story of being out on his own in MPR's Youth Radio Series. I had become comfortable here and it was the first place in my life I felt accepted.
Staying in Minnesota When my mom told me we were leaving for Omaha, Nebraska, I didn't want to go. I told my friend Alex from high school what was going on and Alex's grandmother, Jeri Ezaki, said I could stay with them. "Grandma Jeri" as I call her, lives three blocks from Lake Harriet in south Minneapolis. Stopping by her house I asked her what she remembers about meeting me.
Simoes says the national numbers are higher, more like 20 to 40 percent.