I was taken into care on August 3, 2006 and deemed a ward of the state after being abandoned. On August 6, 2006 I was placed at Helping Hands. I remember feeling scared but the staff and residents helped. They were all strangers when I got there but everyone begin to feel like family. I later found out that I could not attend public school and was enrolled into a GED program. I remember wanting to give up and then one night Carmen Landy, Executive Director, hand delivered my GED certificate. This was the most pivotal moment during my time at Helping Hands. Helping Hands felt like home and I knew that everyone there cared about the children there.
I learned a lot at Helping Hands; how to clean, be patient, and the importance of discipline. I enrolled in college at Claflin University and graduated in 2012 with a degree in Management. I currently work for Augusta University Medical Center in the Information Technology Department. I have been married to my wife, Amee for nine years and have two children Riley and Tobias. I also serve on the board for the Midland Valley Recreation Association.
My goal is to become a homeowner and volunteer more.