Jack grew up in the foster care system. When he was a baby, his mother gave him up for adoption because his parents weren’t able to care for him. Fortunately, he was taken in by a lovely family and he lived with them until he was 14. Jack felt that as his foster mom was getting older, and struggling with medical issues and dealing with other family problems, that he did not want to be a burden to her and asked to be moved to another foster home.
From this point, Jack went on a downhill slide and bounced from home to home, and school to school. When Jack turned 19, he was no longer in the care of the government and became homeless. Jack was able to live with a family friend for about 6 months before coming to Rights of Passage (ROP).
Jack said that he was lucky to find a place like ROP to live, that he didn’t know where he was going to live (the family friend gave him a notice that he needed to move out). Jack said he realized that he needed structure, life skills and good routines and someone to keep him focused on his goals and to hold him accountable.
Jack has always been appreciative and thankful for the opportunity to be in the ROP program. He is now looking into a career as a Police Officer and is currently taking his security guard training, and is looking into the Criminology Program at a local college.
We wish Jack all the best as he continues his journey!