David, age 15, was born in El Salvador. After a rocky start in life and losing his mother, David was brought to the United States by his brother, who hoped that by coming here he would have a better life.
After spending a couple of years in foster care, David was referred to Kidsave’s Weekend Miracles program. At our events David was incredibly shy, and clearly still navigating the complexities of the English language. However, he had a sweetness to him, and after a couple of events, one of our prospective hosts, John, realized that David’s shyness melted away if you got him talking about anything to do with math or computers.
David and John started spending more and more time together at different Kidsave events. After a while, it was clear that a special bond had developed between them. Last spring, John was officially matched as David’s host. Since being matched, John has taken an active role in David’s life. John was able to get David a used laptop to help him complete his schoolwork. John also communicates with David’s teachers so that he is aware of any areas where David is struggling academically.
David now spends at least two weekends a month at the home of John and his wife, Candace. David and John frequently Skype during the week to go over homework and just check in. This hosting relationship has enabled David to enhance his English skills, and he continues to come out of his shell as he meets and interacts with members of John’s family and friends. Currently, David is taking AP courses at his high school and maintaining a solid GPA.
David is a perfect example of the difference a caring, stable adult can make in the life of a foster youth. Thanks to the support provided by John, David is looking at a brighter future.