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In Virgil’s own words, he was “sick and tired of being sick and tired.” He found out about the Mission and came to us for help. He committed himself wholeheartedly to the program, graduated from Jobs for Life, and landed a part-time job he loves. Virgil III is getting the help he needs with school, plays video games when he has some down time, and is a good friend to the other children.

Kristen Bloch, Children’s Advocate Manager, says that connecting dads to their children is one of the Mission’s goals. “Virgil III tells us all the time, ‘My dad taught me how to do that.’ Whether it’s making a paper airplane or discussing the importance of honesty, it’s always that his father taught him. Virgil, like Tim, puts his son before himself. They both display the hard work that goes into fatherhood.”

“I was sick and tired of being sick and tired.”