Who would think that one of the richest countries in the world would continue to have a homelessness epidemic? Lost in America documentary goes in depth for the most vulnerable group, our youth. Rotimi Rainwater wrote and directed Lost In America in hopes to bring awareness to homelessness.
This documentary also peaked into the failing foster care system, sex trafficking and rejection towards the LGBTQ community. One of three teens are lured into prostitution. One of five teens is a victim of human trafficking. Thirteen youth die everyday on the streets. These scary statistics came from Rotimi six-year documentary expedition. While interviewing everyone from homeless youth, organizations, to politicians, it led him to create the Lost In American Foundation.
Rotimi took the initiative as he was once part of this unsafe group. He also takes the seat in this documentary to share his story. For a while living under a bridge he convinced his mother with the idea of not being able to shower. Since he was staying out till late.
“Well there is. So the way I came about this is when I was 19, so 30 years ago, I was a homeless youth. I had been in the Navy and I got out to take care of my mother who had cancer. And by the time I got out, she had lost her place and was in the hospital already. And I didn’t have any other place to stay. So I ended up sleeping in my car,” he said in an interview in November during A Night Of Youth hosted by Lost In America to premiere his documentary. “And so for nine and a half months I would sleep in my car, go see my mother in the morning. I could never tell her what I was going through. So I would say hey, I was partying out last night, can I take a shower? Or oh are you going to eat your eggs? It was like one of those situations. And I ended up having my car towed and I would crash at people’s houses, who I met. And then I ended up sleeping under a bridge for the last two months.”
This Covid-19 pandemic is adding concern to this susceptible group. The Lost In America Foundation has joined forces with National Safe Place and the National Runaway Safeline in order to provide face covering, medicine, and safe housing. Rotimi in support of Las Vegas Sands have created the following special PSA featuring Jewel, Snoop Dogg, Kate Bosworth, Dermot Mulroney, Shanola Hampton, Dule Hill, Lamorne Morris, and others.
From the beginning, Lost in America has received support from several high profile actors and musicians. The singer Jewel not only participated as executive producer, but also wrote the theme song, “No More Tears.” She was another person to take the seat to share her story of experiencing being homeless at the age of 18.
We hope the foster system improves its way of working. Politicians will soon take a moment to analyze the neglected youth homeless group struggling more than ever with COVID-19.
Currently, Lost in America Foundation is accepting donations at https://www.lostinamericafoundation.org
Source: Lost In America Foundation, LRMOnline