I Began to Dream Again…Part 2

May 23, 2017  |     |   General

Continued from Monday, May 22.

     My short term goal is to finish my Bachelor’s degree in English.  I dropped out my senior year when my substance abuse began to fully take hold.  This degree will open up many more opportunities, and it is a crucial step towards another compounding ambition. 
     I dream of acceptance into the Peace Corps to be an English as a Second Language teacher.  The Peace Corps is improving the world.  I wish to be a part of this global edification.  The skills I learn overseas will not only positively impact others, but they will also help me grow into the man I hope to become – a man that will one day get his accredited teaching degree and touch the lives of hundreds, if not thousands, of youth.  By imparting knowledge and wisdom to these students, and by filling them with love and hope, I will be relaying the same message the New Life Recovery Program gave me.
     I have already made great strides to achieving these endeavors.  I recently gained employment with a local company that provides a wonderful benefits package.  In fact, they offer employees $25,000 over four years for college tuition!  I have also filled out the FAFSA and applied for a Vocational Rehabilitation Scholarship.
     All things considered, the financial aspect of finishing college may be completely alleviated.  I am elated that this allows for less financial stress and more room to learn and grow as a student and employee. 
     I would not have gotten this job without my life change at Open Door Mission.  The Mission staff led me back to God and helped me adopt a new attitude: No matter how I feel I will get up, dress up, show up, and never give up.  It is a new dawn.  It is a new day.  It is a new life for me, and I am feeling hopeful for the future. 

Steven
Open Door Mission Guest