Jonathan is a veteran and we are giving his home a makeover!
His positive attitude, and resilient spirit is truly admirable! Jonathan was in and out of homelessness his whole life, growing up in the foster system. Eventually after serving in the Marine Corps and being honorably discharged, he qualified for low income housing for veterans here in Lancaster and was no longer homeless. His story doesn't end there. At that point, he began to really thrive. Jonathan enrolled himself into Antelope Valley College, and graduated with his Associates degree. He then enrolled at CSU, Long Beach, in order to obtain his Bachelor's degree in Engineering. Again, he succeeded. He got a job as an engineer and recently purchased his first home! He ended the homeless experience in his life.
This young man entered the foster system due to homelessness only to being emancipated at 17 so he could avoid an abusive situation. He then joined the military to find himself and his purpose. After years in the service he is now home, a college graduate, working as an engineer and is building a bright future for himself. He is an inspiration. Considering "1 in 4 foster youth end-up incarcerated, only 1-3% graduate from college and 25% of foster youth will be in prison within two years of emancipation”! (http://www.fostercare2.org/
Jonathan has beaten all the statistics and deserves this home makeover, don't you agree?
We want to thank him for his service by showing him that the community he swore to protect and serve can come together and serve him in return.
Please DONATE and help us hit our GOAL!
If you can't give financially consider sharing this campaign and help us fundraise or sign up to serve and volunteer on the day of the install!
Volunteer Details & Hours:
Questions or INFO: Shawna@penandnapkin.org
DEADLINE FOR GIFTS: May 30th, 2021
"Use me, God. Show me how to take who I am, and what I can do, and use it for a purpose greater than myself." - Martin Luther King, Jr.
ALL DONATIONS ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE AND A RECEIPT WILL BE SENT TO YOUR EMAIL FOR TAX PURPOSES. PEN + NAPKIN IS A 501 C 3 APPROVED CALIFORNIA NON-PROFIT ID: 47-1269767
Thank you for your dedication to Pen + Napkin and our mission to love our neighbors. If you donated your donation will be used to help Jonathan's home directly, if you signed up to volunteer you will hear from our team - if you have any questions about volunteering email Shawna@penandnapkin.org