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Permanent Promise To End Teen Homelessness

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - One local woman has endured pain as part of a life long promise to raise awareness about youth homelessness. Community members are also taking part in the mission as well.

Madisyn Porter, a homeless teen advocate, has 8 tattoos and Tuesday afternoon she added one more, all for a good cause.

"I think any opportunity to make sure that the awareness is out there and any way I can help end homelessness," said Porter.

She is currently an employee for The House, an emergency youth homeless shelter, is hoping to bring awareness and publicize The House's 24/7 hotline.

"We're saying, 'Hey tattoos are permanent but youth homelessness doesn't have to be,'" said John Mok-Lamme, Executive Director of The House.

Porter is taking part in this mission in a very permanent way, tattooing the organization's logo as part of a lifelong commitment to help end teen homelessness.

"I think having this tattoo on my arm reminds me of what I'm doing here at work. The strides that we're making in youth's lives is always a great opportunity that we have," said Porter.

The tattoo is a lasting reminder of a growing Grand Valley issue that can be solved with the arms reach of a phone.

"The first youth we ever had was sleeping behind a dumpster on north."

Because of this Porter and The House are taking a step towards making sure no youth goes without a home, one permanent dot at a time.

The proceeds from every tattoo deposit made at Calamity Jane's Tattoo, Tuesday until Wednesday at 6 p.m. will be donated to The House.

If you or anyone you know is a teen without a home or in need of help, you can call 970-234-7004.

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