Guest Writer: Colton Henning, Youth LifeCoach

When Bryan became one of my youth, he was homeless because his foster mother had kicked him out of their house. He was staying at a behavioral health provider that gave Bryan emergency housing for a month. He then stayed at a ministry that provided emergency shelter for him for a few months. Each day Bryan was biking to school from the homeless shelter. 

After his time at the emergency shelter, he started bouncing around between friends’ homes. While he was moving around I was still able to meet with him consistently. Bryan seemed so interested in the LifeStrengths program, and he worked hard to learn and grow. 

During my time with Bryan, he expressed interest in finding his biological parents. In March, right before COVID-19 restrictions happened, he found his parents who had given him up for adoption. 

He started spending time with them. He began to create a relationship like he had never experienced in his life. In this season, Bryan became no longer homeless as he was able to move in with his brother. He worked hard and intentionally to save money. Bryan also started receiving his social security during the last month of high school. 

Bryan graduated from high school and currently plans on enrolling at a local community college for welding and working part-time during school. Together we are working through the relationships and finance section when we meet. We are focusing on the best ways to maintain his newfound relationships with his family and determining the best ways to manage his money until he is able to start a new job. Bryan is determined to overcome the challenges life has given him. 

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