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September 24, 2014 at 6:09 AM

Putting an end to child homelessness

People don’t put a child’s face on the homeless, but there are plenty of homeless children on the streets of Seattle.

Mockingbird Society keynote speaker Roel Williams discusses being a foster child and being homeless during the luncheon fundraiser. (Robert Vickers / The Seattle Times)

Mockingbird Society keynote speaker Roel Williams discusses being a foster child and being homeless during the luncheon fundraiser. (Robert Vickers / The Seattle Times)

That point was hammered home Tuesday during a luncheon fundraiser for The Mockingbird Society, a local non-profit dedicated to improving foster care and ending child homelessness.

The society’s Youth Network Seattle Chapter Leader Roel Williams left the room riveted from his harrowing tale of being shuttled in and out of the foster system as a child and eventually ending up homeless.

The son of a Filipino immigrant, Williams watched his mother succumb to ovarian cancer the day before his seventh birthday. Family friends took him in for a year before dumping him into the foster care system without warning.

That started a rollercoaster existence that included abuse, aggressive use of medication by one foster couple to keep him sedated, and a school counselor encouraging him to drop out of high school.

“The one thing you need to know about foster care is this: For a lot of kids, healthy relationships are few and far between,” he said.

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May 29, 2013 at 12:28 PM

Video: Mark Horvath uses social media savvy to humanize Seattle’s homeless

Forty-five bucks, a backpack and a Twitter account. That’s all it took for Mark Horvath — more widely known in the Twitter-verse as @hardlynormal — to find his calling as an advocate for the homeless. His story reinforces my belief in that old cliche: one person truly can make a difference, especially when the medium is the…

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