When Garret came to HEART, he was failing school. In his own words, “I viewed life as pointless. I was working at a fast food restaurant and feeling bad about myself. I would sit up at night and think about it and think about it.” Garrett felt he had no choices, and no future.
After two years in HEART, Garrett developed a new outlook. He graduated school, made plans for going on to college for a training program which upon completion would guarantee him a $22/hour wage. Meanwhile, he secured a position in the field. Within a few months, he was promoted multiple times and was given the choice to proceed with the training he planned, or move forward with specialized training through his employer, as an investment in their valued employee. For the first time in a long time, Garrett had options and no longer felt trapped.
Learning a strong work ethic, developing skills, and understanding the value of savings and investment were all skills Garrett developed in the HEART program. They turned him from an adolescent that couldn’t see a way forward, to a young man who understands he’s in control of his future.