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Couch Hopping to Home: Cheyenne's Story

Baihly Warfield
Updated: September 11, 2019 08:41 PM

All week, Life House is asking people to Clean Out Your Couch and donate spare change to the teen and young adult emergency shelter and resource center. 

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Cheyenne Norr used to spend a lot of time there, in between couch hopping. She shared her story to shine a light. 

We got here with no shoes, no money, no clothes, no food.

I don't have family, it's just me and my mom here.

We didn't always have a place to go, and when we did have a place to go, it wasn't always the best for me.

I felt like I was too far gone, and couch hopping for me was a sense of relief because I didn't have to be myself.

We're out all night in the skywalk, we were finding places to be in the parking ramp, I'm ending up at Park Point at some random guy's house because that's where everybody else was going for the night.

You don't know what you're going to wake up to, you don't know who -- and half the time, you don't know if you're going to be safe. You don't know if you're going to wake up into a serious situation.

It's not just a oh, a one-month thing. I dealt with this for years.

I think I went to Life House more or less because they fed us every day, we made sure we got ate, we were able to be here every night until about 8, so that gave us less time to try to figure out what to do with for the rest of the night or where to go. It gave us more or less a family.

I owe a lot to them. They got me to finish high school, they got me into college.

They're always like, it's you, it's you, you did it. But I think I credit them for everything.

That's why Life House has always been and still is a part of my life because they never gave up on me.

The couch and change jar will be outside Life House from 7:30-8:30 a.m. Monday through Friday. You can also donate at lifehouseduluth.org.

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Baihly Warfield

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