We ran into another glitch trying to finally take the written exam for the drivrse license. James was told that he could not take the exam becacause he still needed 2 more documents. His separation from guardianship, he is 21 years old. The second paper is a physical from a physician verifying he is physically safe to drive. So we are going to have to start over again. He will have to study and study and study to pass the written test. Today lots of food was dropped off including steak, hamburgers, corn dogs, lunch meats, cheese, breads, sweets, blueberries, strawberries, peaches, apples, snack packs. James is stressed with the many responsibilities in his life including his girlfriend having their baby due in September and now having more blocks in his advancement to drive. Once he gets the driver’s license Foster Your Future will pay for him to go to a school that will train him and then give him the certification to drive a fork lift. With this he will be able to increase his pay which is now the mandated minimum of $10.00/hour.
Jeff, one of the other foster young men that FYF worked with 1.5 years ago returned to Arizona. He has a steady job working for a company as a window washer. They have large contracts with grocery stores, bookstores and other large businesses. He is finding this to be very beneficial in regard to his PTSD as he does not have to interact with people all day. He has a boss who is very supportive and willing to drive him to work as long as he lives nearby. He was living with a family, sharing a bedroom for $50/week plus providing his own food. He drives a bicycle for transportation. He was hit by a car a few weeks ago and ended up in the hospital with a punctured lung, broken rib and lots of bruises. Due to this he was unable to pay his last 2 weeks of rent and the family asked him to leave. FYF was able to cover his rent, purchase several bags of food and allow him to stay until better accommodations were located. Jeff has been able to rent a room of his own within a trailer house with a couple other men who cook and keep an eye out for each other. FYF put down the deposit and first 2 weeks rent along with several bags of food. FYF also provide new pillows, bedding, and some kitchen supplies. Jeff has similar goals to James, both trying to get their driver’s license, save money for a car and train further. Jeff would like to train to operate the equipment needed to reach the highest windows.