Theresa went through a very difficult divorce. Her teen children regressed into depression and quit going to school. Since truancy is against the law, her children were placed in the Juvenile Courts where they met delinquents who introduced them to drugs. The result was catastrophic for this family. We firmly support that youth should stay in school; however, we are questioning that truancy is a responsibility issue, not a criminal offense. We want to stand with the families to protect their children, encourage school, and offer support and resources that are not available to them. We are currently working towards home ownership for this family.
The picture is a success story of a young man from a single mom’s home. He really struggled in school, but thanks to the support he received from those who truly cared about him, he was able to graduate with his high school class. Both his brother and sister (pictured) persevered and graduated as well. The three of them broke the cycle of high school drop out patterns.