My name is Dane and I’m 17 years old. I’ve been at Holy Cross for two and a half months and I come from an adopted family. People think that foster kids don’t have anyone and that there isn’t anything out there for them, but it’s the exact opposite. I am thankful for my adopted family and my real family, and for the support that I’ve gotten from the Holy Cross staff that I needed to better myself.
The program has been helping me a lot, especially with school. My goal is to finish high school and get all my credits so that I can go to college and play football as well. I have been putting in a lot of effort into my schoolwork and hope that I can get the chance to receive an athletic scholarship or get recruited. It would be dream come true to play for a varsity team and I am working to achieve this.
Another goal of mine is to one day start up a local family restaurant. I want to make people happy and give them a place to enjoy a meal at the table with their family and friends. Being able to have that experience with family is very important to me and I would like to accomplish that in the future. It’s an idea I think about often.
One thing I’m looking forward to when I look older is starting a family. I think a lot about the kind of dad I would want to be to my kids. I want to show them the way and give them everything they need. I want to teach them that there is always a way out of a difficult situation. A good father is someone who cares and wants to help his children, be there for them, and love them no matter what, and I hope I can be that father with my kids one day.
During the two and a half months that I’ve been here, the staff have given me advice on everything and helped me to think twice before I do anything. They have helped me find ways to express and talk about my feelings and have given me tools to use. I’ve learned not to be angry at the world and to do what I need to do to make it a better place for myself and the people I care about by using my struggles and experiences to help others. I am learning that being successful means being myself. The staff at Holy Cross have taught me the importance of setting short term and long term goals to help me be successful in who I am.
The person’s real name and photo were modified to protect his identity.