This past winter during our regular Tuesday night Jumpoff, a night and program seemingly like any other, I was approached by one of our young students. She is merely 14 years of age, but has experienced far worse things in life than most people will ever have to deal with.
When Adrian was 11, she was sexually assaulted by an adult male in her life. When she was 13, she was taken away from her heroin addicted mother. She now lives in an apartment with a distant “relative” cousins and several other people, and she lives daily with food insecurity.
She sat me down, and expressed to me her desire to play a sport at school. In order to do this, she needs something as simple as a physical. It took me three hours of research just to figure out where to start in making sure she has the needed documents to do something that most children in more privileged households can get by simply asking a parent.
In the future, Adrian is going to need all of her documentation to establish a primary care physician, get a driver’s license, a job or go to college. On top of all the other battles she has to lead in life, the need for proof of health insurance through the state could derail the simplest of plans; like playing a high school sport.
It is heartbreaking to know that primary adults in her life have let her down so deeply, but at the same time comforting that she felt loved and safe enough at City Life to ask for help. While we are working on a permanent solution to her problem, we also have opportunity to show Christ’s love in a tangible way and are so grateful for Adrian and her story that is still unfolding.
*Names have been changed