Mike arrived at First Day Whittier on February 18, 2010 when he was just 18 years old. Growing up Mike’s family faced various struggles. His family moved many times and as a result Mike had to attend several different High Schools. Despite his family’s struggles and instability, Mike strived to be an “A” student.
Eventually losing his home, he lived from shelter to shelter. With the help of friends, he was able to graduate from High School and found a job in Uptown Whittier while residing in an East Whittier shelter. However, he had to leave the facilities early in the morning while his job did not start until 4:00 pm. When he got off of work at midnight, the city buses had stopped running and he was forced to walk 1-2 hours to get back to the shelter. He was only able to get 3 hours of sleep.
One day Mike walked by First Day where he sought information. “I was welcomed into First Day and my life changed.” Mike was given a place to live and connected to the various resources offered by First Day. Mike said the organization gave him “the opportunity to be a resident” and get his “life back on track.”
Mike is now 21 and serving in the U.S. Army. He is currently deployed near Kandahar Afghanistan. He is now married to Mary and has a daughter, Jonnie, and a son, Michael.
Mike has fond memories of First Day and will be the Honorary Chair of First Day’s new campaign to help Whittier Vets get off the streets and into housing.
Thanks for your service, Mike! We look forward to welcoming you home.
For more information on Home For Good Partner Whittier First Day please visit: www.whittierfirstday.org