Sometimes you can't outrun life
Denzel started off life with his parents, never able to find security or put down roots. Both of his parents were deaf, and their disability made finding and keeping a job almost impossible. Their financial insecurity took away stability in the things most take for granted: a place to call home and food on the table. So many times Denzel made a choice no child should have to make, choosing to go hungry so that his mother could have something to eat.
Eventually, Denzel's mom and dad got divorced, and his situation spiraled downward. He lived with his dad, and then his uncle, but had no sense of stability or security. He spent hours every night walking for miles, aimlessly. Finally, in 2013 he moved in with his mom, her boyfriend, and his grandmother. The house was a volatile place to live. So volatile that they were all kicked out his grandmother's house multiple times, leaving them homeless.
Denzel was running track and playing football, but his grades were suffering, and anger ruled his life. One evening his life at home came to a head. He got into a very physical altercation with his mom's boyfriend and couldn't take anymore. He gathered the few belongings he had and walked out.
The first person he called was Trey, a mentor from Ohana Pier. Trey answered the call and picked up Denzel and brought him to his house. Denzel is still living with Trey and his family today. Since then, his grades have improved, his behavior is better, and he made it to state running track. Through the support that he's received through One Way Love, he's been able to get school supplies, clothes, and other life essentials.