Stories of Success
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I remember it clearly. I lived off of Hollywood Road, a rough area and was constantly being bullied and felt alone. I was twelve years old and that day I had made up my mind to join a gang for protection. As I was about to leave the house my sister talked me into going to Bright Futures Atlanta. It changed my life. When I met Philip and Gail it was an instant relationship. I felt a new calm. It felt good. I also loved that everyone treated us like we were theirs and it was like a big family, no matter where we went.
I had lots of challenges growing up, but Bright Futures Atlanta was there for me through it all. I learned that God was part of my life and through the devotions we had I felt the protection I was looking for. One of the best times I had with Bright Futures was the first time I got to go to the beach. I don’t think I had ever had a moment of peace like that – it was just experiencing God’s creation. It put everything in perspective of how big things are and how small we all are.
Love – no matter what you are doing at the program, you feel love.
It really impacted my whole life. Bright Futures was my compass. They directed me to where I needed to go. Some people need that direction, because their path is not clear. I don’t think I would be where I am if it were not for them. They were there every step of the way.
I’ve now been married for four years with two kids, ages 19 months and two months. I am presently the E-Commerce Manager at Kroger, Dalton, GA, and a Sales Consultant at Office Depot. We recently purchased our first home. I’m really proud of my recent promotion with Kroger. I have been working with them for 8 years. I started off as a bagger and progressively moved up to become the E-commerce Manager and now oversee my whole department. I’m also the youngest and only African American manager in my territory. By the end of next year, I hope to become district manager of my region.
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