Homelessness Doesn’t Just Happen Due to Choices – Sometimes It’s Out of Your Control. but This Teen’s Hope Can’t Be Controlled, Either.

“That’s the most difficult thing to deal with: realizing that there are times when your life isn’t in your hands.” So says Michelle, a resident at Los Angeles’ Union Rescue Mission. Her family of seven fled home with their single mom, and joined hundreds of others in the Skid Row neighborhood. So in this worst part of the city, against all odds, how is it that Michelle keeps her hopes up? She says she’ll be back at Union Rescue some day – to serve rather than be served. Find out what faith, love and a future mean to L.A.’s homeless teens in the clip below.

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Michael Harrell is a former staff member and current volunteer at St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Federal Way, Washington. A blogger by hobby and social media manager by trade, he continues to teach the faith to ninth graders when he's not busy watching movies or theatre. He loves the Seattle Mariners, and his wife wants you to know he's married. You can follow him on Twitter.