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Jonas is a busy little boy.
Donned in a stark red bike helmet, about a size too large for his two year-old head, he saddles himself onto his little yellow bike, which barely sits two feet off the ground. The block-and-a-half walk from his parents’ house to the Slice-o-Life Bakery in Palisade takes close to ten minutes as Jonas Flinstones his bike down Main Street, dismounts, climbs a few nearby steps, jumps
off, and lands with dramatic sound effects. He then decides he’s had enough of that, and mounts his bike once again.
Nearby, keeping close watch and cradling Jonas’ little brother, Sawyer, is Jonas’ father, Curt Lincoln.
“It would break my heart if I knew my kid was on the streets,” said Lincoln, the namesake of Lincoln Cabinets in Palisade, as Jonas decides he’s had enough with the bike and hands it to his mother, Hannah, Lincoln’s wife. Lincoln learned about the situation for homeless teens in Mesa County several years ago, and ever since then has kept them near his heart.
“It’s one of those hidden needs in the community because you don’t really see teenagers standing on the street corners asking for money,” he said. “You have to really look deeper into the community. And you find that some of these kids actually do live somewhere, but it’s at a friend’s house, or it’s a couch-surfing thing. So in the eyes of the general public they’re kind of taken cared of. But the reality is that a high percentage of these homeless teens have low connection levels in the community, and a teen who is connected to a community has a higher success rate in life. And what The House does is to try to get them connected into the community.”
Lincoln, a board member for Karis Inc., believes that such a void is a make-or-break deal for homeless teens.
“They need hope,” Lincoln said. “If you’re a homeless teen, it would be kind of a desperate situation. They need to know that there are people out there who really care for them and have a heart to help them. They need to know their value, that inside each of them is great value. There’s a lot of worth in them as people and individuals and in their life, and it’s worth doing it well.”
That made it easy for the Lincolns to decide to become Guardians.
“I really believe in what The House is trying to achieve,” said Lincoln. “I am really excited about it. The little bit that is required of being a Guardian is going to go a long way in the life of a kid. It’s nothing. We could do this all day long.”
And for anyone else considering becoming a Guardian, as far as Lincoln’s concerned, it’s a no-brainer.
“Do it. Just do it,” he said. “Imagine yourself back when you were a teenager and think la viagra necesita receta medica about the level of difficulty navigating adolescence. Then throw on top of that no stable home, no source of direction in life. Put yourself in those shoes and just imagine for a minute, even thirty seconds. There’s no decision; it’s very easy. Take the little sacrifice on yourself, providing a place where there is an opportunity for that to happen, for them to not have to live with being vulnerable to the hands of bad people.”
Inside the bakery, Jonas is still on his bike, and Lincoln watches as his son navigates between the tables and chairs of the bakery.
“I can’t imagine if my kid were in that kind of situation,” he said. “All this really makes want to love on and nurture my own kids more than anything.”
“It makes me want to be a better parent,” says Hannah, with Sawyer bouncing in her lap. “It makes me want to do my best at parenting my own kids to ensure that they don’t end up in a situation like that.”
Walking back to their home, Jonas again climbs a couple nearby steps and jumps, his red helmet flashing in the morning sunlight, and as he lands he stumbles to the ground. In an instant, Lincoln was at his son’s side, helping him back to his feet.
“Inside each homeless youth lies a beautiful story of hope waiting to unfold,” says Lincoln, as he holds Jonas up. “And that particular person will be a catalyst for other homeless teens who need that. And that will eventually become a beautiful cycle of redemption.”
To learn more about The House and how to become a Guardian, please visit The House’s website www.thehousegj.org.
Story provided by Robert Lamme and Associates.