Davis gives tickets to former homeless youths

January 16, 2009 2:58:02 PM PST
A group of young people - who were once homeless - will be going to Washington for Barack Obama's inauguration.Illinois Congressman Danny Davis gave the teens his tickets.

"I am so excited. I cannot wait!" said Cherice Mull, who lived on the streets for two years before finding help and shelter at Belfort House, a Teen Living Program facility. She said she has wrestled her demons and now lives independently and has now started a new job and enrolled in college. Mull says he never gave up hope.

Patricia Posey is also going to the inauguration. Homeless for two years, she said her life changed at Belfort House.

"It makes me feel lucky," said Patricia Posey, who is most excited about the speed. "Some people don't understand that words can change someone's life and make a difference."

Posey, who lives on her own, works and goes to college. She wants to be a social worker.

"They've worked hard to get where they are," said David Meyers, Teen Living Programs. "It's not just from the street to the inauguration."

Meyers says United Airlines will be covering their flights. However, they are short about $15,000 to cover accommodations and expenses.