Imagine being a teenager living in a motel. Your mom left years ago. Your dad is working long hours. You and your younger brother walk to the school and back regardless of the weather. You only have a handful of shirts that fit and one pair of jeans. The guidance counselors talk about college, but you are thinking about getting a pair of shoes that fit. Add to the fact school has shut down due to a pandemic, and you don’t have transportation to pick up the free breakfast and lunch that you depend on. You have to log into a computer to do school work...but from where? Your motel doesn’t have a computer and none of your friends are inviting you to their houses. You think about getting a job, but you only have T-shirts. You are stuck: limited food, limited education, limited resources, and now limited dreams.
This is happening now, to teenagers all across San Antonio.
Think about how you could help this teenager:
He needs to know he is special
He needs clothes for school and interview
He needs a basic computer to do school work
He needs some food to eat
He needs helping filling out a FAFSA form
He needs help deciding college or workforce
He needs a haircut
He needs someone to give him time
Once he gets these things, then he can truly dream. Then he can pursue dreams outside of this week and begin to invest in his future. This is how you can equip people to pursue their dreams!
What else could we provide for this family? What partnerships could be formed to change this family’s legacy?