SHC Behind Our Eyes Series: Meet Clayton

What would you do to ensure that you had a warm place to sleep at night? For Clayton, going to jail seemed to be his only answer. Clayton became homeless on his 18th birthday when he aged out of foster care. Like many kids in his situation, he fell into a life of petty crime just to survive and moved back and forth between the streets, shelter, and jail. Whenever Clayton would be released from jail, he would commit another crime, just to avoid being without shelter.

Each time Clayton was arrested, he got his wish: a roof over his head, food to eat, and a warm bed to sleep in. In total, Clayton spent nine years of his life going in and out of prison just to avoid being hungry and homeless. Eventually, Clayton was able to break his jail-street-shelter cycle and now lives at SHC’s McCreesh Place. Today, he is happy to finally have a safe, warm and permanent place to live that he can truly call home.

Clayton’s story is just one story of the many we hear about on what one would do just to have a place to sleep at night. Your gift of $50 today will show people with similar stories to Clayton’s that there is a community that cares and wants to help. 


Photo Credit: John Bambach