Dealing with teenagers, on a daily basis, can really stress you out. I’m not even talking about my own children because I work at a facility that helps underprivileged teenagers find their way in life. Many of them come from broken homes or impoverished ones where they have little of what many consider to be normal. In most cases they come in for the day and have not even had a meal that morning. We try and give them the comforts of home that they may not be used to and in some cases they just don’t understand. We recently started seeing a few of them that are from a rough part of town and we are trying to get them to understand that they are not only safe with us, but that we will do what we can to give them a better perspective on life. Our facility is equipped with a kitchen, living room area, and even emergency sleeping area if needed and many of the kids don’t want to go back home once they’re here. This makes sense because we also have a fully climate-controlled space and they are never cold in the winter or hot in the summer. Many of them live without a working HVAC system within their home and suffer through the temperatures year round. Something as simple as having a warm place to sleep when it’s cold outside can make a huge difference in someone’s life. My goal, when working with these young people, is to show them that they can make a difference in their lives if they apply themselves in school, and learned that kindness goes a lot farther than any type of anger. They can succeed in life and have the simple comforts that we offer them in their own lives in the future if they want to make a change.