Hello, my name is Marc, and I’m 20 years old. The journey that led me to Covenant House Michigan started when I was an infant. I was adopted when I was two, but I never knew my birth family. My adopted mother was physically abusive. She was older and kind of “old school,” so I think she thought it was OK to beat us for no reason, when she was upset. Sometimes she used extension cords, which left bad marks. Once, when I was 11 years old, I tried running away in the middle of a beating.
The authorities got involved, and my two sisters and I were temporarily placed in foster care while my adoptive mother went for anger management classes. When I was twelve, some teachers at school noticed the marks from a beating my sister got. This time they moved us for good. I spent the rest of my childhood and teen years being passed from foster home to foster home. I went to several schools during this time and did pretty well in school until my senior year. Then I started skipping school and hanging out with a group of older kids who hadn’t finished high school.
I started realizing I didn’t want to be like them. I managed to finish high school during an extended summer program and graduate while I was still 18. Around that same time, I was dropped from the foster care system.
I had no place to go until my girlfriend’s mom let me move in with them. I didn’t intend it to be a long-term situation, but I ended up there for a year and a half. During that time, I was working various part-time jobs and even started college. I took a semester and a half at community college. I dropped one class and did so poorly on my grades during the second semester that my financial aid was revoked and I had to drop out.
About two months ago, my girlfriend’s mom told me about Covenant House Michigan. She called up the Outreach Team and had me talk to them. They came and took me to Covenant House’s campus. I wasn’t working at that time, but I recently got a new job and am working about 50 hours a week. I’m also trying to see what I can do about my financial aid problem. Now that I’m here, I should be able to save up enough to pay for the classes I dropped and hopefully start school again.
I had wanted to be an engineer, but now I’m thinking public relations or business. I’m really grateful for you and everyone who supports Covenant House Michigan. I can’t say I was glad to come here, but now that I’m here I see how it can help me change the direction of my life.
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