Will -16

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My name is Will, I’m 16 years old and I have been at St. Vincent home for about a year now. The reason I’m here is because my mother is in a nursing home after suffering a major overdose, and my father’s in prison – but he’ll be out in July. It’s hard having a family that uses. I remember there were a lot of times my Dad and Uncles overdosed. Seeing them being taken care of by doctors was one of the scariest things I’ve ever seen – I don’t think that memory will ever go away.

When I lived with my parents, we lived in a home where they had a meth lab going. My grandma had a few strokes so she couldn’t take care of me either. I felt like I had no one. After everything happened and I first came to Holy Cross I was a mess. I had D’s and E’s in all of my classes and I just wasn’t focusing. But the more I worked with the staff the better I got. A light bulb went off in my head and I realized I could accomplish good things. My attitude is better, and I feel better because of it.

I’m getting all A’s now. That’s a great feeling because now it feels like I actually can have a future. My goal is to be an architect or a civil litigator. I’m going to be staying at Holy Cross until I can get into a good foster home, but they have been great to me. They inspired me to do the best I can and that my opportunities are limitless.

The person’s real name and photo are modified to protect his identity.