Back To School: Helping Matt Succeed
As we talked with our children about going to school in August, we were once again reminded how different it is to be a foster kid, a group home foster kid, when you go to school. One young man’s comments really made us think.
We sat down to talk about the upcoming school year with Matt, a teenager who came to us five months ago. He could not recall how many schools he has attended in his lifetime. At 16 years old, he had already lost count of how many places he had lived. There was no one in his life who could tell him what his first word was or when he took his first steps as a baby. Everyone had lost count of Matt, including Matt.
We went back and reviewed Matt’s records. We found that he had been in 37 placements before coming to us at Methodist Children’s Homes. He had been in the foster care system since he was three and bounced around for 13 years. The best count we could find on how many schools he had attended was 12, but it could be more because there were gaps in his record.
After working hard to catch up for the past few months, Matt will start at public school again this year with the other boys in his group home. Although he is 16, Matt will be a freshman because he missed so much school before coming to MCH. As you can imagine, he is nervous. He says he hopes this is his last school and that he won’t have to move again. He wants to make friends, real friends. He wants to try out for the school choir. He wants to take driver’s education courses. He wants to be a kid.
Our kids like Matt come to MCH with histories that will break your heart. However, these kids find people willing to invest in their lives, their childhoods and their futures when they come through our gates. They find out that not everyone has lost count of them.
People like you help us to provide childhood experiences, first day of school confidence and on-going educational support for youth of all ages. Because of your gifts, we will be able to help Matt catch up in school. We will be able to let him walk in his first day of high school with all the things he needs to be successful this year. We will be there each evening to help him with his homework. We will speak into his life and let him know he matters. We are able to do all of this because of your support!
This year we have guided our ministry by the words of Paul to the Corinthians, “Love always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” We know that the children we serve have not known this type of love. They have not been protected, they have no trust, they are losing hope, and their perseverance is fading by the time they come to our campus. We know that the Lord still has a great work for them and in them. He uses our ministry. He uses YOU to show what love really looks like.
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