“I’ll tell you, it’s hard being a teenage runaway in your own town,” says Anubis Daugherty, a second-generation San Francisco native now in his mid-20s.
“Wherever I would go, most people who were not homeless would have a genuine fear of me. I can still remember the fear I would see in their faces or the look of contempt.”
Anubis was a bright student, but a difficult relationship with his mother and teen-age drug use led to him living on the street and losing hope. “I felt as though I was a stranger in my own land.”
That changed with help from Larkin Street Youth Services, an official non-profit of Dreamforce ‘18 that has given more than 75,000 young people a safe place to rebuild their lives. Since 1984 Larkin Street has provided housing, education and employment training, and health and wellness support to help these young people get off the street for good.
The Larkin Street Outreach Team offered him a place to stay via their Pathways Program. Today he is in school, living in his own apartment, and recently completed an internship on the same Outreach Team that helped him get off the street. This month Anubis landed a new internship in the office of San Francisco Supervisor Rafael Mandelman.
“Today I live on my own and am taking classes at City College. Without Larkin Street I’d still be homeless,” he says.
San Francisco’s homeless population is estimated at about 7,500 in a city of 870,000. Nationally, one in 10 young adults ages 18 to 25 endures some form of homelessness in a year. Salesforce has made a commitment to addressing the city’s homelessness issue, giving more than $15 million to the cause. Larkin Street is one of the official nonprofits supported by Dreamforce ‘18. Find out more about Larkin Street here.