When the doorbell rings at 2 a.m., Vallis Martinez isn't that worried. It happens all the time. She opens the door and welcomes the child. No bag. No toothbrush. Just the clothes on the child's back and a sad story — Mom or Dad was driving drunk, parents were cooking meth or hurting each other.
"They're scared," Martinez said. "Some are in tears screaming, 'No, take me home.' But I just open my arms and I say, 'I'm here. There's a roof here a warm place to sleep. Let Mom settle down, Dad settle down.'"