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Group helps homeless kids in Spokane by hitting the streets

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SPOKANE, Wash. -  For around 4 hours, 5 days a week, Meg Tapiz and her team of outreach workers hit the streets of Spokane. "This is so real" Tapiz says. She's referring to the issue of homeless kids out on the streets. "Some people assume that they are troubled high school kids and they don't realize that no, they are actually sleeping in the camp under the Monroe bridge."

Tapiz and her team work out of The Crosswalk teen shelter in downtown Spokane. Selena Alvarez also works with the group and she says that, "the street kids have grown up in meth houses, their family has mental health issues anything of that sort. It's why they're out there." But Meg Tapiz admits there are some who choose this lifestyle.
 
In July Tapiz says their group contacted around 540 kids on Spokane streets who may be homeless. That number dropped to around 130 Tapiz says in November. However she says that may not necessarily be a good thing. The age group of kids they helping are anywhere between 13 and 21. Tapiz says those kids may have moved out of the area and are seeking shelter in other places and may not have a home. The outreach group Tapiz and Alvarez are a part of work to build relationships with these kids to get them the help and the services they may need by contacting them in their element, on the streets.
 
On any given day the group offers up water, small snacks and personal hygiene items to the kids, just to get them by. They're always looking for those type of donations that may help the group and help get them off the streets. If you want to help you can click on the link below and donate to the Crosswalk outreach services.
 
http://www.voaspokane.org/Services/Homelessness/Crosswalk-Teen-Shelter
 

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