KC liked living in Frisco. A student at Centennial High School, he enjoyed his classes and had good friends. Everything was fine with one (big) exception – his home life.
“My dad had a drinking problem and became abusive. One night he got really carried away and I ended up in the hospital. That was it for me.”
A friend took KC in and helped him get a job. Then one day his counselor told the 18-year-old about City House and suggested that he check it out.
“He said there’s a place in Plano that could help me out, give me a place to live and counseling. City House has changed my direction.”
KC is a resident within the program now, and is pursuing a dream of working in the Coast Guard and becoming a neurosurgeon. He’s been training in the Coast Guard for about a year now.
“When I was 15, I taught swimming. I also knew that I wanted to go into the military. I always wanted to be the one who protected my sister and the family. I was looking at my options and the Coast Guard made sense. They swim and you can go into medical or law enforcement. My lieutenant helped me gain an internship – that’s what I am doing at Medical City. I love it.”
KC is finishing up his high school classes on-line, which is good for him since he’s a fast-pace learner. He does his Coast Guard training in Dallas and goes to Medical City three times a week where he studies and sits in on surgeries.
He was already on his way, but having to get out of an abusive home almost derailed his dreams.
“City House has helped me, for sure. There’s people I look up to here, people I can trust. It has given me stability, that’s the biggest thing. I just want to get the most I can out of the program. The life skills classes have been great with learning time management and budgeting.”
KC would recommend any young adult who needs help to turn to City House.
“This is an amazing program. They give you a place to live and food to eat. They help you with your career and school. I didn’t really know what to expect but I was shocked when I got here – there were people I could go to and people I could talk to and I haven’t had that. I never had a mentor. I’ve been completely welcomed here.”
Now KC can concentrate on the future and taking the next steps of a promising life.
“I am absolutely grateful for City House. It was an abusive pattern at home and it happened too often. I had to leave because I didn’t feel safe.
“I don’t feel that way anymore.”