The Toronto Star (August 29, 2014) – Written by Jonathan Forani
The last time he was on the streets, Chris spent almost three months in Hamilton youth shelters, where he faced knife-wielding drifters, befriended drug-addled teens, and went missing for 24 hours.
For mom Andrea, it was every parent’s worst nightmare. But for Chris, it was something else: the only place he had friends.
“The people I met on the street were better than school. They were like my family,” Chris told the Star in 2012. “They treated me like an equal.”
Though he now has a permanent place at a Burlington community living home — the missing piece that led him to youth shelters — Chris still thinks he’d be better off homeless.