Growing up with five younger siblings in the housing projects of
Boston’s Dorchester neighborhood, Jared* had few role models in his
life. While his friends were dropping out of school and getting into
trouble, Jared credits his mentor, Frank, and Friends of the Children’s
unconditional support for steering him down a different path.
With high school graduation in his sights, at the age of 17, Jared
found himself homeless and spent two years sleeping on different couches
and shelter beds. Frank was the only person who ensured Jared’s safety
every night and continually reminded him of his goals and the progress
he had made. Despite these challenges, Jared went on to earn his GED and
landed full-time employment at a Boston hospital. He now enjoys a level
of stability previously unimaginable and is making plans to go to
college for music production.