To the editors:

I would like to congratulate both you and Ms. Kitry Krause for the article, “Child in the Streets,” which appeared in the Reader on July 1, 1988. It does an excellent job of portraying the life of at least one of the thousands of young people who become estranged from their families and end up out of their homes.

It has been brought to my attention that some have questioned whether “Timothy” was a real youth or a fictitious character. Since I was the social worker referred to in the article who worked extensively with “Timothy,” I would like to assure your readers that his story was all too painfully real. I wish I could say that his story was unique. There are many young people in the Chicagoland area and throughout this country whose lives are just as distorted as Timothy’s by the pain that they and their families are experiencing.

With an estimated 10,000 homeless youth in the Chicagoland area, it is essential that the public become better acquainted with the human lives touched by this issue, so that increased resources can be made available to these young people and their families. Thanks again for your efforts in making this “issue” more humane and real.

Paul Henderson, CSW, ACSW

Shelter Coordinator

Exodus Homes Project