The Authors of “Almost Home” Address Readers & Sign Books in Cherry Hill

The authors of the book Almost Home: Helping Kids Move from Homelessness to Hope; were at the Cherry Hill Public Library on Monday January 28th @ 7pm. This book features stories of children facing homelessness, the myriad of related issues tied homelessness,and the manner in which each youth was helped by the wonderful staff at their local Covenant House. The stories focused on six youth from areas near and far such as New Jersey, Texas, Vancouver, and Alaska.

The book’s authors Kevin Ryan & Tina Kelley were on hand to sign books and meet with the public. They gave great insight into the process by which they gathered information on Almost Home’s six featured youth. They also shared their thoughts on the how to solve some of the problems tied to homelessness.

A wonderful young woman named Nayasia shared her inspirational story with those in attendance. Nayasia is a Camden success story who , with the help of the staff at Covenant Houses Camden & Atlantic City, was able to turn her life around in many ways.  She signed copies of the books along side the authors with her beautiful little daughter on her lap. (In my book she wrote “Anything is possible! Nayasia”)

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Many thanks to Jen Williams of Covenant House Atlantic City & Camden for spreading the word!

About Jamie DiFrancesco MSW
Jamie is the Human Services Planner at CPAC -Community Planning & Advocacy Council in Pennsauken, NJ. He is a graduate of West Chester University where he achieved a Bachelor's Degree in Liberal Studies with a Minor in Spanish & Latin American Studies; As well as the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work where he achieved a Master's in their C.O.S.A. (Community Organization & Social Administration) Program .

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