COLORADO SPRINGS — Happening today, nearly 1,000 people will gather for breakfast in downtown Colorado Springs, to help battle youth homelessness.
More than 350 homeless kids and teens are spending the night on the streets of Colorado springs each night. Today's 'Off the Street Breakfast' aims to raise enough funds to change that.
We spoke to one woman, who went through Urban Peak's program as a teen and says it changed her life.
At only 17, Sana was thrown out of an abusive home, with no where to go.
"My mom gave me her phone to call a taxi to leave," said Sana Noor.
"We live in the land of the free, but growing up I wasn't afforded all those freedoms," Sana continued.
With no ID or job experience, she turned to Urban Peak.
"I looked out the window and I saw Garden of the Gods," said Sana. "It was so beautiful and I felt so free. That was the first time in my life I felt really free."
With the help of the Urban Peak staff she was able to work two jobs, build a resume and even found time to volunteer. She was eventually recruited by the Air Force, given a chance to provide us all with what she once lacked freedom.
"I joined for that reason," Sana continued. "I know what it feels like not having all those freedoms."
Now, she's working towards her Bachelors with a 4.0 and says it's all possible thanks to Urban Peak.
Learn more about Urban Peak and the programs they offer for help by visiting www.urbanpeak.org/.