Homeless children in America

Go watch the videos. Nice to know there are still some bleeding heart liberal journalists left:

Destiny Corfee, 11, joined the line at one local motel a year ago. “I never really noticed what people were actually going through until now; until we’re actually going through it too,” she told “60 Minutes” correspondent Scott Pelley.

Destiny’s parents David and Theresa never imagined their family homeless. Together they were making about $40 an hour detailing expensive cars. There was a three-bedroom home, vacations and extras for the kids. But both jobs went, and then the house. Evicted, they found that the homeless shelters wanted to split their family up – boys and girls.

“That was definitely something that I wasn’t gonna have, was being separated at a time like this. I figured the time like this that we needed to be together more than anything,” David Corfee said.

So David, Theresa, Destiny, Jorge and Chance, moved into their van.

“I was embarrassed that maybe one of my friends might see me. I don’t want anybody to know that I was actually in there,” Destiny told Pelley.

The van, according to Destiny, was parked at a WalMart.

“We would actually go in WalMart and clean our self up before we’d go to school,” her brother Jorge remembered.

“How would you do that?” Pelley asked.

“I would like wash my face, and like, take a tissue and wash my arms and stuff,” Jorge explained.

“We would bring the toothpaste and the toothbrush and the brushes so we’ll go brush our hair in the mirror and people would see us,” Destiny added. “And it would be kind of weird. But we worked through it.”

“Tell me about the motel that you’re living in now,” Pelley said.

“Well, it’s a lot better than the van!” Destiny replied.

But Jorge pointed out the living space is small: two rooms for the five of them. Their possessions, family photos – you name it – went into storage. And they lost it all, seized and sold, when they couldn’t pay that bill.

“Most of my stuff was in there; my scooter, my game system, all my games, my clothes. So I lost most of my stuff,” Jorge said.

“I had so many of my toys and things. My Barbie dolls, clothes, and it was just all gone,” Destiny said.

The neighborhood around the motel is scary, she added. “You hear on the news all the time about shootings, and it’s all right there.”

2 thoughts on “Homeless children in America

  1. Yes, the 60 Minutes segment on homeless children was good. I’m pretty amazed at how well these kids and teenagers are able to express themselves! Better than some of our politicians.

    But, perhaps they still say what they believe, instead of watching their words in order to be “electable.”

    I found myself wondering why it’s being shown now — editors who give a damn? Reporter who pushed and pushed? Some general feeling that our nation is spinning downward out of control economically and someone has faint hope we can right ourselves if enough people will care?

    That segment does not fit the Boehner response of “So be it,” given in response to experts saying the Republican cuts will mean loss of jobs. It doesn’t fit the Obama and his new chief of staff’s unceasing push to cut SocSec, Medicare, Medicaid, and even energy assistance.

    Do some in the MCM feel our noe-lib and conservative leaders are going too far in sucking up to the Uberwealthy and Big Bidness? If so, they risk being removed from the Very Serious People list and even –gasp!– losing access as Versailles courtiers.

  2. 60 Minutes producers aren’t in the same class with the talking heads. They still occasionally do very good work.

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