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"A few years ago I was at a breaking point; I was with an older man I met online, made some very stupid and costly mistakes, and had no way out, or so it seemed. I was living at shelters and sometimes in tents or on the street, in the park... Anywhere I could find to crash. I was about 20-21 when I found YES. A friend of mine took me there one evening, and I sat in the meeting and took home a pantry bag - but what I really took away was a sense that something could be different. I had to work toward it, but thanks to the uplifting sessions at YES and the people there who gave me advice and cheered me on, I found the courage to go the right direction - I moved back home, found a job, and have been moving on from the self-destructive and selfish behaviors I had cultivated during that awful time. Since then, if I have found myself in a position to possibly help a lost youth find his or her way, I tell them where to find YES. I am very grateful to YES for absolutely everything. Thank you!!"

-Aly


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