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Youth shelter hosts Christmas breakfast

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ATLANTA (CBS ATLANTA) -

Teenagers who now call the Covenant House in Atlanta home have had different experiences, they come from different places and different circumstances led them there. The one thing they all have in common is that they are homeless.

Jennifer Rhodes, 21, was born in Memphis.

"Teenage homelessness is real, youth homelessness is real. We are out here you know," said Rhodes.

Rhodes was born in Memphis. The Covenant House has been her home now for the past six months.

"I was in foster care for a while and it was always the younger kids getting picked, from babies to ten years old," said Rhodes. "The older kids were forgotten about like we weren't even there, we are invisible."

But they were not forgotten this Christmas.

They were showered with gifts and a Christmas breakfast sponsored by Dominic Stokes and his Community Teen Coalition.

"Homeless youth is a population that normally gets ignored. Currently the Covenant House has served over 500 youth this year," said Stokes.

Rhodes said just being in that caring environment gave her that family feeling she once had.

"I feel like this is a very family environment and some of us are really thankful for it," Rhodes said.

You can see the smiles all around as they laughed, ate and celebrated Christmas as the family they all desire.

"For me, I just like seeing smiles on people's faces because I have been going through this since I was a young," Rhodes said.

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