Jeremiah’s Speech

Speech by Jeremiah Perez-Torres, a Hearts to Homes recipient, at the
Open Hearts at Oceana Event January 16, 2020

Jemiah Perez-Torres headshot

It is an honor and privilege to be speaking with you all tonight.

This honor reminds me that I’ve come a long way. I left home at a young age because I didn’t have any other choice.

By the time I was 15 years old I was entirely on my own and over the next two years I moved at least 10 times. I stayed with friends, friends of friends, and even complete strangers. By this time, I was already in the foster care system, and while I connected with great people who wanted to help me, I still did not have any sense of true stability in my life.

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