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A Story Of Hope & Empowerment

Demarius Turner grew up in the foster care system and was left to fend for himself at only 18 years old. As a young man living on the streets, Demarius had a lot working against him, but one of his biggest challenges was hearing loss. He remembered, “I had times when I wanted to give up, when I wanted to kill myself. No one was there to help me.”

"I was going house to house, sleeping outside on the porch, staying up late, walking the streets, walking through Walmart."

Without the support of caring adults, he never received proper treatment for his disability and was never taught sign language. School became so challenging that Demarius was forced to drop out during his junior year. His family, unable to accept his LGBT status, didn’t offer guidance. He was left isolated and wandering the streets. “I was going house-to-house, sleeping outside on the porch, staying up late, walking the streets, walking through Walmart.”

Luckily, his brother introduced him to Pathfinders and he was accepted into Q-BLOK, a program for LGBT youth in need of housing. For Demarius, stable housing meant that he was able to address his health care needs—a luxury that had always been out of reach. The team at Pathfinders helped Demarius obtain hearing aids for the first time. “It was hard to find a job because of my hearing, but after going to Pathfinders… everything changed,” he said.

"I don’t know what I would do if Pathfinders stopped everything. Without Pathfinders I wouldn’t be where I am now."

Now Demarius is a peer specialist in our Drop-In Center offering support and guidance to other young people in similar situations. “I have a lot of youth who talk to me. I’m never going to sit here and judge you if you have nowhere to go; I’ve been through it too. I’ve been down that road before.”

Demarius working at Pathfinders Youth Job Fair

It would be hard to imagine anyone as grateful as Demarius. He said, “To be honest, I love it! I don’t know what I would do if Pathfinders stopped everything. Without Pathfinders I wouldn’t be where I am now.”

With your gift to Pathfinders Giving Tuesday campaign, you can make a huge impact in the lives of young people like Demarius by offering them hope and a chance at a successful adulthood.

Make a gift today!

Youth Voices

A Story Of Hope & Empowerment

Demarius Turner grew up in the foster care system and was left to fend for himself at only 18 years old. As a young man living on the streets, Demarius had a lot working against him, but one of his biggest challenges was hearing loss. He remembered, “I had times when I wanted to give up, when I wanted to kill myself. No one was there to help me.”

"I was going house to house, sleeping outside on the porch, staying up late, walking the streets, walking through Walmart."

Without the support of caring adults, he never received proper treatment for his disability and was never taught sign language. School became so challenging that Demarius was forced to drop out during his junior year. His family, unable to accept his LGBT status, didn’t offer guidance. He was left isolated and wandering the streets. “I was going house-to-house, sleeping outside on the porch, staying up late, walking the streets, walking through Walmart.”

Luckily, his brother introduced him to Pathfinders and he was accepted into Q-BLOK, a program for LGBT youth in need of housing. For Demarius, stable housing meant that he was able to address his health care needs—a luxury that had always been out of reach. The team at Pathfinders helped Demarius obtain hearing aids for the first time. “It was hard to find a job because of my hearing, but after going to Pathfinders… everything changed,” he said.

"I don’t know what I would do if Pathfinders stopped everything. Without Pathfinders I wouldn’t be where I am now."

Now Demarius is a peer specialist in our Drop-In Center offering support and guidance to other young people in similar situations. “I have a lot of youth who talk to me. I’m never going to sit here and judge you if you have nowhere to go; I’ve been through it too. I’ve been down that road before.”

Demarius working at Pathfinders Youth Job Fair

It would be hard to imagine anyone as grateful as Demarius. He said, “To be honest, I love it! I don’t know what I would do if Pathfinders stopped everything. Without Pathfinders I wouldn’t be where I am now.”

With your gift to Pathfinders Giving Tuesday campaign, you can make a huge impact in the lives of young people like Demarius by offering them hope and a chance at a successful adulthood.

Make a gift today!