My name is Luis… I come originally from Puerto Rico and have been living here for eight months. I am 18 years old and am currently enrolled at Villa Maria College. I always had a good life back at home…that is until my father became an alcoholic and all that was once good turned into turmoil and the family got quickly torn apart. During my teenage years I have experienced many scenarios that require an adult’s maturity…

A conversation with the campus minister led me to The Franciscan Center. I was nervous about living in a homeless youth shelter because I had such a bad idea of the place in my mind. It actually turned out to be a place that I love being in, even more wonderful with the help of the staff…I have just successfully completed my first semester with excellent grades. Additionally, I have a job too.

– Luis 2012

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