This 20 year old Braden, is struggling and needs our help! I can’t simply say that he needs a car or just help, but he needs us to show him that he is loved! When I told him what we were trying to do, he must have said 8 times “Thank you!”. He said no one has ever done something this nice for him, ever!
He aged out of the foster care system and the statistics are startling (https://youth.gov/youth-briefs/foster-care-youth-brief/challenges
He prefers to keep a lot of his childhood private, but he did say that his parents divorced when he was a baby. He was with his mom until he was 8, but then it was decided that it was not a good environment for him to be in.
He then lived with his dad until 2 months before he turned 16. Again, he doesn’t really want to go into details, but it was decided that he needed to be in foster care. He then graduated from Mount Juliet (the graduation picture that is shown). He hasn’t seen his dad since.
After graduation he didn’t know what to do or where to go, so he lived with a friend for a while until going to UTC. He, like so many, didn’t find success in college.
He came back to this area and is now trying to get into an apartment and needs to find a car to get him back and forth to work.
Please consider helping this grateful, sincere, kind-hearted young man that just needs to know that there is love!