Youth in Transition


The Harvest is a Coming

This was in a May 7, 2014 San Francisco Examiner article about homeless Mothers.

It was written by Laura Dudnick.

“San Francisco’s biennial homeless census, most recently conducted in 2013 with a count of homeless youths for the first time, found that 914 youths identified as homeless out of the 7,350 total homeless population.

“Additionally, the San Francisco Unified School District has more than 2,200 students who identify as “youths in transition”, a number that has stayed “relatively stable in the last five years,” district spokeswoman Heidi Anderson said.”

What is a “youth in transition”?

It almost sounds like fun except that the words mean nothing in the context of the life of a child without a home.

What do the words “in transition” mean?

Perhaps it means that the parents still have friends or family who begrudgingly help.

Perhaps in transition means a sudden save; the child had no home and then Mother found a job and an SRO.

The use of language to divide people and to create class boundaries is an ancient strategy.

God uses it in the story of the Tower of Babel.

He changes the form and meaning of words and creates separate languages.

In doing this, He changes the images that the words bring to mind.

Therefore, based on my experience, in transition means you have no right to be here.

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