For more than 15 years, Charles ‘CJ’ Johnson has unofficially fostered homeless kids from North Dallas High School.
He’s made his house their home and created a family for students who need one.
He calls the kids his sons, although he has no biological children.
“I just tell them … ‘I got a lot of rules and regulations,’” CJ says. “If you want to come, and just grow up in the house and everything like that, you go to the same school. … You just come here. We live here. You graduate. That’s what our focus is going to be.”
CJ is featured in Chapter 3 of KERA's American Graduate: Homeless In High School series. The series explores some of the issues homeless students face -- and how schools and others are trying to help. There are about 110,000 homeless kids in Texas public schools.