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Almost Home: Helping Kids Move from Homelessness to Hope Book Signing and Lecture at CCM

Sharing the Stories of Those Who Were Able to Build the Lives They Deserve
Tina Kelley, author of Almost Home: Helping Kids Move from Homelessness to Hope, will hold a book signing and lecture at the County College of Morris (CCM) Campus Store on Thursday, November 8.

The book signing, which is open to the public, takes place 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in the Campus Store. Following the book signing, Kelley will speak to students, faculty and staff in the Dragonetti Auditorium about her work with homeless youth at the Covenant House. She also will discuss her time as a reporter at the New York Times and the part she played in its coverage of the September 11 attacks that won a Pulitzer Prize.

Almost Home: Helping Kids Move from Homelessness to Hope (Wiley, John & Sons, 2012) tells the stories of six young people who found themselves on the street when they aged out of foster care, got kicked out of their house, became involved in sex trafficking or suffered from other circumstances. With the help of ordinary people who believed in them, they were able to build the lives they deserved. Kelley co-authored the book with Kevin Ryan, president of Covenant House.

Founded in 1972, the Covenant House helps homeless youth to escape the streets. All author proceeds from the book go to help homeless young people served by the Covenant House.

Kelley reported at The New York Times for 10 years. She then ran The Local, a news blog covering Maplewood, Millburn and South Orange for the Times. Her first book of poems, The Gospel of Galore, (Word Press, 2003) won a Washington State Book Award.

The CCM Campus Store is located in the Student Community Center on CCM’s Randolph Campus, 214 Center Grove Road.