Tim: Giving Back
“I think it’s important for young people to have a creative and artistic outlet for their words and feelings,” Tim shares. “Working with children is emotionally rewarding for me, and it’s also a learning experience. I learn how to be patient and find ways to communicate.”
Tim hasn’t always had the capacity to give back. Tim was homeless for almost two years and came to B:E for housing.
Through B:E’s host housing program, a family friend offered Tim a room in their home for two years. In that time, Tim says, “I was able to go to school, maintain a part-time job, and establish the framework for independence.”
While Tim was in our host housing program, we helped him apply for a housing voucher with the county. He has been living and thriving in his own home since last year.
“Home is my safe place,” Tim tells us. “For years I tried to fill that emptiness, searching for a home, and now that I have it, it’s where I want to be.”
With a stable and safe place to call home, Tim recently graduated from community college. B:E’s book money, laptop stipend, and transportation programs helped him through school. Tim is now applying to Cal State East Bay to pursue a career in juvenile justice.
“I initially wanted to become a juvenile defense attorney but after working directly with the community, I hope to find work that will also allow me to help outside the courtroom.”
With support from B:E and through his own discipline and hard work, Tim is becoming the adult he wants to be.
“I can take on a bigger responsibility in society than being just a foster youth. I can shed that label of being helpless and instead help others,” Tim shares.