A 4-Year-Old Face of Homelessness: Thanksgiving is a Time to Help Those Who Help Others

She was crying so hard, she could barely breathe. It made me stop in my tracks during what was an otherwise routine shelter visit.

Once I was able to hold the 4-year-old girl, calm her, help her name her stuffed animal (the lion became “Lucy” over the course of the morning), I learned why she was so upset. Later, as she finally ate a small hamburger and apple slices for lunch, child care staff at East River Family Center, the homeless shelter where she lives, filled me in on more of her story.