Starting at a very young age, Brian, his younger brother and their mother moved from state to state looking for employment. Every time his mother found a job, she managed to lose it within a few months because she had a drug problem.
The hope was moving to other states would help the family start with a clean slate. Brian had always hoped with each subsequent state the addiction would stop. It never did.
Eventually, they arrived in Florida. To help him forget about his home life, Brian immersed himself in his education. Even when his family lost their apartment and lived on the streets, he continued to go to school and maintained a 3.24 GPA.
A few years ago, Brian decided he had enough so he left his mother and little brother and started living on friend’s couches. That’s when he heard about School House Link. Goodwill Manasota partners with Sarasota County YMCA’s School House Link program—a program serving unaccompanied, homeless youth. Goodwill provides a part time job to the student, and School House Link helps them with housing and furthering their education. This service was exactly what Brian needed. He wanted to break through the bonds of addiction and homelessness, get a job and go to college.
Brian started working at Goodwill began saving money every month to eventually pay for school.
Two years ago, Brian started attending State College of Florida full-time. He continued working part time at Goodwill in order to sustain himself while going to school. This past year, he finished his classes at SCF and was accepted to Florida State University in Tallahassee.
Brian is usually very shy, and does not smile much. But since his acceptance to Florida State University, the smile has not left his face. Goodwill Manasota put Brian in touch with Goodwill in Tallahassee so he can still sustain himself while earning his degree.
Brian stated, “My life would be very different right now if it were not for Sarasota County YMCA and Goodwill Manasota.” It’s what we do...