By Cup of Cool Water
Cup of Cool Water (CCW) is a ministry from Spokane, WA whose mission is to empower youth to become wholehearted followers of Christ and to exit street life: “Through the Gospel of Jesus Christ, we hope to build healthy relationships and provide services, and disciple street youth.” Watch this video and see how CCW is changing youths’ lives:
There are 300 to 2,000 youth living on the streets of Spokane at any given time. The youth are on the streets because of abuse (physical, emotional, and sexual) and many others are thrown out of their homes. There are some that leave home out of rebellion, but few of these kids remain on the streets for an extended period of time. The homeless youth end up downtown where drugs, crime, and sexual exploitation are the norm.
Without a support base, they turn to prostitution, drug dealing and using, pimping, theft, and panhandling in order to make the money necessary for survival. If positive adult role models don’t intervene, these kids will likely continue this abusive and criminal behavior into adulthood.