“Manuel” was referred to Waymakers because he hadn’t attended school for over a year. His struggle with depression led him to isolate at home. He could only find the energy to play video games or sleep. He lives with his father and older sister; his mother has not been a part of his life for several years. During the pandemic, “Manuel”, his dad and his sister became ill with COVID-19. As a result, his dad’s work hours were cut and they were being evicted from their home. Waymakers’ Collaborative Court Full Service Partnership was able to provide financial support to help secure housing and provide basic needs for the family. The Waymakers team also offered Manuel support with tutoring services, driving lessons, employment readiness and other needed community resources. Manuel, now 18 years old, has his driver’s permit, a supportive network of friends and is graduating this month! With the assistance of Waymakers, Manuel has transformed his life for the better.
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