Rethink Homelessness during “The Homestretch” Screening

On Nov. 17 at 4:30 pm Movies That Matter presents a powerful documentary on what it means to be young, homeless and building a future in America today. The film will be shown at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County in north Ephraim.

The Homestretch follows three homeless teens as they fight to stay in school, graduate and build a future. Each of these resilient, inspiring teenagers – Roque, Kasey and Anthony – will surprise and challenge audiences to rethink stereotypes of homelessness as they work to complete their education while facing the trauma of being alone and abandoned at an early age. As the teens’ stories unfold, the film connects us deeply with larger issues of poverty, race, juvenile justice, immigration, foster care, and LGBTQ rights.

With unprecedented access into the Chicago Public Schools, The Night Ministry’s Crib emergency youth shelter, and Teen Living Programs’ Belfort House, The Homestretch follows these kids as they move through the milestones of high school while navigating a landscape of couch hopping, emergency shelters, transitional homes, street families and a school system on the front lines of this crisis. The film then follows them beyond graduation to focus on the crucial transition when the structure of school vanishes and homeless youth struggle to find the support and community they need to survive and be independent.

The film is part of the monthly Movies That Matter series examining a wide range of issues. The UU Fellowship is located at 10341 Hwy. 42 in north Ephraim. For more information call 920.854.7559.


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