Motivated to Succeed
Joel experienced many different living situations. Shelters, homes of friends and relatives, an adoptive family, and finally housing at Camden DREAMS. He naturally became a go with the flow person, easily adjusting and making the most of every situation.
He was resilient. But it was not always easy.
Thanks to the support of the NJ Department of Children and Families, Joel was able to secure a paid internships where he mentored 13-18 year olds in education, personal goals, and more. The youth were coming from all different backgrounds, some similar to Joel.
“I’ve always had a passion in the development of youth and adolescents and especially teaching,” says Joel.
Joel decided to transfer to Rutgers Camden to continue his degree in Psychology, but housing was still difficult to obtain. It would be difficult, if not impossible, for Joel to get by on his own.
Thanks again to the NJ Department of Children and Families Joel was connected to Center For Family Services Camden DREAMS, and the course of his future changed forever.
“Living independently at Camden DREAMS has been such a blessing. Because of the support of staff I know the transition into my own home will be seamless. Without Camden DREAMS I’d be struggling to make ends meet,” says Joel. “I was able to pursue an education and focus on my future because of this program.”
Dwayne Ingram, Camden DREAMS’ Program Director, couldn’t agree more. “Joel is a prime example that once basic needs, like shelter, are met, anything is possible.”
Joel proudly graduated from Rutgers Camden with a Bachelors in Psychology. His future is bright.
“So many people worked together to make my success possible,” says Joel. “I’ve learned to dig deep, set goals, and to always be ready to accept an opportunity to better myself.”