Goddi never knew his dad growing up. He and his mom lived in several different states before settling in North Texas.
“It was rough; I remember there was always a lot of stress in our house,” Goddi said. “My mom wanted me to be the man of the house since I was the oldest. But she was in and out of jail and I would spend a lot of time with relatives I didn’t really know.”
When Goddi was 17 and 18, he and his mother were living in Garland and they were doing the best they could. But Goddi had to drop out of high school to watch his little brothers. He had no high school degree and no plan. But he knew what he wanted.
“I didn’t know what to do or what steps to take. All I knew is that I wanted to get out,” he said. “So I just left one night. I packed a bag and left. I was homeless for about four months. I ended up living at The Bridge shelter in Dallas for a while.”
Goddi was doing whatever he could. He went to Promise House he tried the job corps. Nothing clicked. Then his CT manager told him about City House and he decided to check it out.
“I went to the Youth Resource Center and talked with some of the staff and ended up filling out an application. I moved into the boys house the next week. I liked it a lot and thought it was very helpful.”
Goddi appreciated being around other young men who had dealt with their own challenges in life. He listened and learned a lot from his peers.
“It was great having the counselors and staff to talk with,” he said. “But the other guys in the house were very positive and we bonded. They were inspirational to me because they each were so determined. We bonded and I’m still friends with most of the guys.”
Never a problem with work ethic, Goddi just needed some direction and guidance.
“When I didn’t have any place else to go, City House gave me a place. Growing up, I never really had much guidance and had to learn a lot for myself. When you turn 18 you unfortunately don’t automatically just know how the world works. City House helps you focus on what you want to do in life.”
Goddi started working at Samsung while at City House and has kept steady work as he’s moved on. He’s since gotten back together with his mom and they are working through things while trying to help each other. Currently he works at the Dallas Museum of Art.
“I’m saving up my money right now,” he said. “I want to get a car and I’m always trying to get more hours. My ultimate goal is to have my own business. I wouldn’t mind working in a place like City House and helping people. I have a lot of interests and I’m excited about what the future holds.”
That’s what it comes down to for Godi and so many other young people – focus.
“Distractions have always been a problem for me and City House helped me understand how to focus on what you want to do in life,” he said. “I feel like you can do anything in life you put your mind to; you just need to focus. City House gives you the tools to think for yourself and learn about life. It certainly was a positive experience for me.”