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One of our homeless youth has been living with us since September of 2014. This young man has been working so hard to get himself a job. Last fall he hit the ground running and he started school at Valencia. He took a full load of classes in the fall and spring semesters. He continued to work hard at finding a job. After going to about 20 interviews, he was finally hired at Ross. He works the overnight shift and is still taking 16 hours of classes this summer at Valencia! He is determined and hardworking and does not give up when the road gets tough.

This youth comes from a very tough background. You may have noticed I haven’t used his name yet, that’s because he does not want his family to find him. He left his family due to their unhealthy and negative lifestyle. He has moved across the country and has begun to forge his own life.

Due to his desire to remain confidential and safe from his family we can’t celebrate his hard work and accomplishments and show his happy face. However, we wanted to celebrate his efforts and determination anonymously to be able demonstrate the kinds of skills and lessons he is adding to his life. This young man has flourished while living at Grace Landing and is setting himself apart as a leader of the other youth in our Independent Living Home.

Without the commitment and support of community partners like you, we wouldn’t be able to assist this youth and others like him to get on their feet and pull their lives together to learn the skills necessary to be independent. Thank you for investing in his life and the lives of other homeless and foster youth.