This December, we’re encouraging Christians around the country to help homeless LGBT+ teens through our Give Shelter campaign. Homeless LGBT+ youth face countless risks, including physical violence, addiction, suicide, sickness, and sex trafficking. Yet, in the midst of these risks, we can make a difference in the lives of these young people. Micah’s story is one such example.
Micah grew up in the Deep South. After coming out to his parents, he saw his worst fear come true when they kicked him out of their home. At 18 years old, Micah found his life turned upside down. At an age when most youth are getting excited to go off to college, Micah was struggling to simply find a safe place to sleep and eat. None of his friends’ families would permit him stay with them. While staying at shelters, he was robbed three times. So most of the time, he ended up sleeping under bridges.
After a few months, Micah found himself in Miami, Florida, when a friend invited him to live with her. But just two months later, his friend decided to move in with her boyfriend, leaving him back on the streets alone in a new city.
“I was at my wit’s end ready to give up,” he shared. “Life seemed hopeless.”
Then, through sheer chance, he met a business owner named Taylor who gave him a job at his lawn care company.
Christmas with Micah
It was a daunting task. But Taylor, learning about Micah’s situation, began to help him get on his feet.
But Micah says the most impactful thing Taylor did happened that following December when he invited Micah to spend Christmas with his family.
“That Christmas is one I’ll remember for the rest of my life.” Micah said, “I’ll be forever in that family’s debt for the job opportunity and for helping me find a home. But that Christmas, I felt like part of a family again.”
Through the help and encouragement of this family and the community he developed in Miami, Micah was able to make a new life for himself — including finally owning his own home.
From volunteering at shelters and inviting people to dinner, we can all do something to help LGBT+ people as well as their families. Visit our Give Shelter page to find shelters near you where you can send supplies to help teens this winter.