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Wayne, an 18 year old African American male came to Indianapolis with his mother and younger sister in February. The Chicago job market was gone and affordable housing options limited. Without a prospect on the horizon, Wayne’s mother decides to take her chances in a new place and moved the family from Chicago. Without a job or a place to live, the only option for the family was an emergency shelter. As a single 18 year old, unemployed high school drop-out Wayne was not eligible to stay in the family shelter in which his mother and sister were accepted. The emergency shelter staff told Wayne and his mother about Stopover and they called immediately. After determining that Stopover was a good fit for their situation, Wayne entered the program with the ultimate goal being to to reunite with his family as soon as possible. With the help of the case manager, he identified steps he needed to take to make this happen. Wayne knew that completing his education would help him to find a better job in the future and decided to begin with obtaining his GED. Within a few days he applied for and was accepted in to the River Valley Resources GED program. Wayne also wanted to financially contribute to the family and began an intensive employment search right away. With the right attitude and mind set, he was quickly hired on at a local warehouse. Within a few short weeks, Wayne was able to earn enough at his new job to assist his mother in obtaining housing. He has now completed his goals and is now reunited with his mother and sister in a place of their own.
Tommy is a 20 year old, Caucasian male. He came into the Transitional Living Program in March 2012. He was referred by the school social worker. He was diagnosed with depression after being a client at Columbia Behavioral Health Center and Valley Vista. He moved with his mother and because of their challenging relationship there were problems. He remembers when he was younger his mother called the school and told them that she did not want him anymore. His mother was charged with abandonment, so he and his sister went into foster care. He eventually lived with his father until he was 13 years old and his father passed away form stomach cancer. He was very angry at that time and started stealing. After Tommy moved in with his mother, he had issues because she was living off of his and his sister’s social security benefits and when he turned 18 she was planning to kick him out.
Tommy’s goal was to graduate from high school and enroll in school at Vincennes University. He also wanted to obtain employment. Tommy stayed in the program for three months, he accomplished a lot of goals while in the program, he obtained employment, he graduated from high school, he raised his grade point average, he received a scholarship for college and he was accepted into Vincennes University.
After graduating from high school, he moved back in with his mother. he obtained employment at Scotty’s Brewhouse for the summer. He then moved to Vincennes, Indiana to prepare for college. He is presently attending the college; he is the manager for the basketball team, he is on the bowling team, and is also working through the work study program.
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