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Friday, April 28, 2017

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Jayson has never had anyone he could count on. With an alcoholic father and a bipolar mother, he was in foster care by the time he was six months old.

He moved around a lot, so he never bonded enough to have family or friends. As a teenager, there was no one to teach him the basic skills he would need to make it on his own in the world.

That changed when Jayson came to Visions and Pathways and attended the Pathways independent-living program. In financial literacy workshops led by volunteers at Affinity Federal Credit Union, he learned about banking, credit cards and loans. In “Street Law” sessions led by volunteers at Merck, he learned about legal rights and signing a lease. And the Visions and Pathways counselors broadened his horizons with career options, interviewing skills and applying for scholarships.

“I learned things I can apply to my everyday life,” Jayson says. “I learned a lot about myself, too: I can be in control of my future, and there are good people in this world who are willing to help me.”