When Caleb Pickle fled trouble at home in the spring of 2012, he wound up a stranger on the streets of Madison.
Pickle lived in the shelter system for a while but found it wasn't really helping him get back on his feet. He says case workers urged him to hang out for a few months and try to get on disability, perhaps by exaggerating his emotional problems. But Pickle wanted a job, not a "handout."
"I'm a confident person. I knew I was capable of living on my own and getting a job," the 20-year-old says. "I just needed some place to store my stuff."