"Trevor's Place" narrates the crusade of one American family that decided "to make a dream of housing the homeless come true." After viewing television coverage of people struggling to survive in Philadelphia slums just 2 1/2 weeks before Christmas in 1983, 11-year-old Trevor Ferrell convinced his family that they should visit and help these people. The offerings that the family made the first night, with Trevor handing a blanket and a pillow to a stranger, were the beginning of a long campaign that lead to the founding of Trevor's Place, Home for the Homeless, and Trevor's own salutation from President Reagain in 1985.
The Ferrells' story is one of concern for humanity in a world too busy to give adequate concern to salvaging broken lives that can be forgotten in the shadows of dark streets.
Why did the Ferrells care? The idealism of a boy's insistence on fighting injustice in turn sparked those around him who needed a purpose in their lives. As Morris, a therapist for a drug-rehabilitation center near Trevor's Place, states about his involvement in Trevor's campaign, "By helping the street people, I can feel that my life is really worth something."
Some oversimplification of issues flaws the telling of the Ferrells' true story. An exploration of causes for substandard street life emerges only superficially. That many of these people are "chronically mentally ill" seems to be an obvious factor that many readers already might have identified.