Hi, my name is Johnny. I’m 20 years old. I’m a foster alumni. I aged out of the system at 18 and I was still a junior in high school. At the end of my junior year, I moved out on my own trying to support myself and trying to graduate from high school at the same time. Everyone thought I wouldn’t graduate because of my learning disability and because I was living on my own. I graduated from Deer Park High in 2012, and have been living on my own since June 2011. Living on my own has been tough, but it’s taught me many life lessons. I haven’t had to ask for any help, but lately I have been struggling a little bit financially and heard about Safety Net from my older brother Michael. We both work at a vineyard part time and it’s really fun. I’ve worked there since my junior year in high school. But when times were hard, my hours got cut, I needed help with bills and you were there to help pay some bills.
A few years back, you had given me a bed to help me get my own life started. I cannot thank you enough for the help I received. Back in high school, you helped me to pay for my DECA trips for two years. I wouldn’t have been able to go without you. Also, I am about to graduate three quarters from now and I am not sure I would be where I am without the help and support from you. You helped me to get a computer for my classes and I have been using it religiously since. And finally, the most cherished thing you have done for me was the gift certificates for Christmas that made it possible to buy presents for my baby Skylar. And this year you gave him Santa’s gifts so that all I had to do was wrap them and they have been very useful. You have been such a blessing to me and I cannot thank you enough for all you have done.
Thank you for the gas for my truck so that I could go see my brother who is still in care in the Tri Cities for Thanksgiving. It meant so much to both of us to be together for this holiday.
I am presently a student at SFCC, where I am taking pre-med classes. I hope to attend Seattle University next year where I will major in pediatrics. I had a computer that was breaking down, I needed a new one, and there you were to help me buy one. I want to thank you so much. It has made a world of difference in how I can complete assignments.
Thank you very much for your contribution to the foster youth and myself at Spokane Falls Community College. You have helped me in ways that have helped me in becoming successful. You have helped me with my rent and getting books for school. But, the biggest way you have helped was paying for me to stay in school to bring up my GPA, so i can continue going to school to get my degree. My life has not been easy, and your ongoing pursuit to help us with our college experience has been a selfless act that will not go unseen. When I am through with college and I speak of how I made it through, I will humbly say I could not have done it without your help. Thanks again for everything.