Tim and his son Preston joined the New Life Plan about two years ago, and they’re now part of our aftercare program, living in their own rented house. Tim graduated from Jobs for Life, started back to work, and saved for a car and rent. He works at Wake Monument in Rolesville – a new role he took on so he could spend more time with his son.
Preston just completed 7th grade, and did especially well in science and reading. He received tutoring at the Mission this past school year and is interested in art, drawing his own characters and dreaming of being a cartoonist, illustrator, or animator for video games. He’s hoping to spend a lot of time playing outside sports, especially basketball, at the Boys and Girls Club this summer. “I can beat my dad in basketball,” he teases with a big grin as he glances at his dad.
Tim is extremely grateful for the guidance and wisdom he’s found while in the New Life Plan. He says the Mission continues to give him that extra push. “Once you go through the Mission, it helps the person in you, the true you, to actually come out, to do what you’re supposed to do, what you’re really made for,” he said. “I know I was stubborn at first and didn’t want to listen. But everyone there has supported me and Preston. It’s a great program. Being a single father is still challenging, but we are making it.”
And making it they are – this father and son demonstrate unconditional love for each other in a way that’s an example for us all. Congratulations, and Happy Father’s Day.