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BranchOut! Mentors Reflect on Experiences at Patrick Henry Family Shelter

Arriving at Patrick Henry Homeless Shelter, I thought that similar to the children at the Willston Community Center, they merely came to the shelter for a summer camp. But, it was when I heard the kids say that they were going up to their apartment, saying that they were neighbors, that I realized that these kids did not have a place other than a shelter to call home. When I asked one of the older boys what school he was going to, he shook his head, saying that he did not know and they had just moved to the area. Shelters provide only temporary housing and many families that live in Patrick Henry move from one shelter to another. One of the younger girls had four other siblings; a family of

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