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Homelessness for kids: 'Just where we live right now'

Katrina Phifer remembers asking herself, "What have we gotten ourselves into?" when The Salvation Army's SMART Kids program launched in May.

An elementary-aged girl threw a "toddler tantrum" after being simply told "no." The stress from being homeless had affected how the girl reacted to things.

Six months later, that same girl is more independent. Phifer, an aide for the SMART Kids program, recently saw the girl comforting a peer who was frightened because she had recently been in a car accident.


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