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I am currently in Rochester, NY and have been here for a few months now. I am doing what I can to try and start a life here, looking for jobs, apartments, the works. I might end up being able to do so but the thing is I do not really want to be here. I came from Phoenix, AZ because some friends of mine knew I was homeless there and told me I could come stay with them. When I got here they were heavily invovled in drugs and other things I do not approve of. I have been making the best of my situation but truly desire to head back West, Phoenix is where I'd truly like to be again but am more than open to going to another place. I personally love to travel, it is quite enjoyable to me. If anyone can either offer advice or help I would greatly appreciate it. Oh, I have also contacted my local Salvation Army, St. Vincent de Paul, travelersaid, and 1-800 runaway for help but none have been able to help me.
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hi. glad to here you haven't resorted to the drugs and other unmentionable things, while stuck there with your friends. i'm not sure about your age, but you said you were homeless, which means you have a certain level of street savvy and toughness. why not walk back to Arizona? or someplace else? you love to travel and you'd get to see the country that way. it would be better and safer if you found people you could trust willing to travel with you. or maybe you could go to a church for help or some advice? just somethings to think about. good luck.

I am 20 years old, and while yes I do have a certain level of understanding of the streets walking back to Arizona is much more difficult than you might think. From where I am, it is 2649 miles away, an while yes people do walk across this country they must be completely prepared for such a journey because a journey of this size is not just something you do on a whim. There are many potential risks, and currently I am not in any way shape or form prepared. I have been trying to find someone who might be heading west and able to help me but to no avail as of yet. Have also contacted many churches, but most are unable to do anything and do not have access to a phone often, which makes contacting them further even more difficult. Please do not misunderstand, I am not trying to make excuses. I am doing everything I can to better my situation, it is just that these challenges are not ones I would like to face without some kind of knowledge. Thank you for your advice though and God bless.
Profile Photo by goodwill ANGEL24K (33.8k points)   5 12 59
have you tried contacting airlines/bus companies ... sometimes they offer free passage for certain hardship situations... wouldn't hurt to ask. southwest and some cargo airlines also offer cheap one way tickets (around $100) - you may be able to borrow the money from friends or try to do some odd jobs and save up. and if you really do not care where you are headed then just choose the cheapest option... good luck
I have not tried to directly contact any specific airlines or bus companies, was assuming I'd have much more success going through third party organizations. I have tried to contact friends and family about attempting to get a ticket back to Phoenix. I do not mind going to another destination other than Phoenix, because as I said I love to travel and see the beautiful places this country has to offer.  Phoenix is my preferred location though, because if I can I would like to attend ASU next semester.
Profile Photo by ANGEL3000+ (3.1k points)  
of course walking cross country isn't an ideal solution, but neither is staying where you are. sometimes, we have take control of our lives without a plan in mind. you walked into this situation on your own and you are the only one that can walk out of it. and sometimes that means you just have to literally walk away from friends abusing drugs lest you get ****** in with them. you are not stupid and are not alone. and i mostly certainly applaud your courage and strength in all the attempts you are making to find help to get out of there. keep trying and don't give up. you'll find the answer and help you need. but please don't forget that you can help yourself too. peace be with you and be safe.

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