LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — Parker Brandt had a tough time with faculty since shifting to Lynchburg his freshman 12 months. Brandt moved to Lynchburg from Maryland, and says he wasn’t a really talkative particular person, however began assembly new folks and making mates.
Just a few years later, Brandt achieved a serious milestone in his life, by finishing his diploma. He advised WFXR information that he was pleased with his accomplishment.
“Glad and unhappy too, lacking all of the lecturers I had a bond with,” mentioned Brandt.
Nonetheless, his journey was robust. In April of final 12 months, when he was 18, he misplaced his dwelling, citing a household battle. He went to a close-by deserted home.
“I slept in there for a few weeks till two cops confirmed up,” mentioned Brandt.
He advised WFXR Information he lived together with his sister for a few weeks till her landlord advised her he couldn’t keep there anymore. For 4 months, he bounced from shelter to shelter. He was ultimately related with Miriam’s Home in August. They helped him discover a appropriate condominium, cowl his safety deposit and first month’s hire.
“You’re excited about security day-after-day, survival day-after-day, while you’re homeless,” mentioned Kristen Nolen, Director of Housing Companies for Miriam’s Home. “After we use the housing first strategy and get somebody again into housing like in Parker’s case, they will give attention to larger image objectives like getting a job and ending highschool.”
Additionally they helped him with hire for a couple of months till he may assist himself on his wage working in a resort.
“Proud,” mentioned Brandt in reference to turning into self-sufficient, “that I didn’t want any help.”
He’s now working in the direction of a brand new aim.
“I used to be planning on like principally being a automotive mechanic,” he mentioned, “fixing automobiles after which transfer my method as much as vans, boats.”
“I’m so excited for him! That’ll be a fantastic profession,” mentioned Nolen, “so I really like that he has profession aspirations and he’s ready to consider that and never the place’s he going to sleep tonight.”
Nolen says in a typical 12 months, they work with about 35 folks underneath the age of 24. She additionally says Miriam’s Home has seen a rise within the variety of 17 and 18-year-olds getting kicked out of their houses throughout COVID.