• John James

Homeless at 18 and now helping kids feel like they belong - the inspiring story of a Walsall mum

Updated: Mar 29

"Serena Patel felt she didn't know where she belonged. Half British-Punjabi, half Gujarati, she was the only 'brown girl' in her primary school in Walsall so was used to being stared out and called names across the street.

Her parents divorced when she was seven, and, at 12, she moved to Aston, Birmingham with her single mum and siblings but the bullying only worsened at high school. Straight from school, she moved into her boyfriend's flat then they went to London on the promise of somewhere to stay but found themselves homeless with nobody to turn to."

To read the full article please visit - https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/black-country/homeless-18-now-helping-kids-17823418

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