Devon and his family have been in and out of shelter for years. From a shelter, to a friend's house, to an aunt's, he has had to pack up all of his belongings, change schools, and make new friends more times than he wishes to remember. The instability, worry, and shame took it's toll and was reflected in his behavior.
That is when he came to Camp Homeward Bound. At first, his hyperactive behavior at camp was a real problem. "An adult had to have a hand on his shoulder all the time," remembers Beverly, our camp director.
But over the past two summers, Camp has become the one stable aspect of his life. Devon has adjusted to a slower rhythm. He loves sports, but also really enjoys cooking classes and settling down to study the bugs he's collected out in the woods. Most important, he's learned, with gentle guidance, how to deal with the stresses around him. Despite his terribly fractured life, camp helped make Devon whole.more stories of homeless new yorkers