Zuleima

Zuleima

With the encouragement of my Success Coach, I had finally worked up the courage to pursue my dream of becoming an x-ray technician.  Then I got the devastating news that I was not eligible for any government assistance to help cover the costs.  We looked at every possible option and couldn’t find a solution, so my Success Coach and I made a commitment to pray and ask God to provide a way for me to go to college.  And God must have been listening because within 24 hours, a family decided that they would donate the cost of my education to St. Raymond’s.  Now I am even more motivated than before to earn my degree, because people who have never even met me believe in me and my future enough to invest in it!

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Living at St. Ray’s House was a profound experience for me.  I learned so much while living there!  My biggest take away was probably in the life skills department, especially time management and self-discipline.  The thing I like best about St. Ray’s is that I will always be a part of the St. Raymond’s Society.  I still meet with my Success Coaches every week and my Accountability Partner every month.  The kids and I are invited to all of the St. Ray’s outings, celebrations and events.  The only difference is that I have my own house now so sometimes we meet here.

Giving a hand up instead of a hand out . . . helping someone stand on their own two feet . . . now that’s something that my wife and I believe in.  We’ve worked hard to have what we have and we want to help others have nice things too.  St. Raymond’s Society is teaching these young ladies how to work for what they want.  With grit and determination.  By the time they leave that House they are going to know how to get things done.

Faith exemplifies everything St. Raymond’s Society stands for in that Faith is determined be fully present and to do whatever it takes to be the best she can be in every area of her life.  I am super proud of this young woman!

These mothers inspire me to GIVE more, to DO more and to BE more.