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Foster youth shares experience maturing-out of system
SAN ANTONIO- November may be Adoption Awareness Month, but many Texas children mature-out of their foster families without ever finding a home.
“It was hard because other people were graduating and they all had family there and everything,” said Oscar Paz, reflecting on his high school graduation two years ago.
Now that it’s in the past he can see it as an experience that made him stronger. “I just mustered on through it,” he said smiling.
As a foster youth, Oscar gets free tuition to colleges in Texas. “But I wasn’t doing so well,” he said.
Having to support yourself, buy textbooks, find a place to live is not often easy, even for children who have the support of parents.
“I had no where else to go, and my case worker said there’s this place called Boysville.”
Boysville a campus out in Bexar County, became his home, it even has a white picket fence.
He now lives here with housemates, who divide chores, and even have curfews like they would if they lived with a family.
“They showed me the way to excel and step-up the ladder,” Oscar said.
That’s because Boysville isn’t just a place to live, the staff listened when Oscar said he took care of his special needs brother growing-up, and wanted to be a nurse.
It’s a goal he’s now close to accomplishing, graduating recently as a certified nursing assistant, and he said this time, his graduation ceremony was exactly how he’d imagined it.
“When I graduated I had a lot of support,” he said. “There was a lot of staff there.”
And he has this advice for foster children watching who are in his shoes.
“Not to give up because there’s always hope,” he said. “And there’s someone always there to help you.”
Boysville has 17 other young adults, like Oscar, they’re helping.
And they’ve helped more than 80 since 2013.
(Original news story aired on 11-16-17)
Unplugged: Luschen shows United Way spirit at Boysville
By Sam Taylor on September 30, 2016
At work, David Luschen uses his leadership skills and expertise to make sure our customers have reliable electric service. As director of the Eastside Service District, he oversees crews working on utility equipment that deliver electricity to homes and businesses in our community. During his personal time, he continues serving the community as a board member of Boysville, a non-profit organization that provides vital services to kids in crisis.
Luschen has helped students get scholarships and taken part in fundraising events like the annual Wildest Auction in the West. He’s also taken some of the kids Christmas shopping. Luschen remembers one particular holiday season when he took a teenage boy shopping with $100. Before the boy bought himself anything, he made a point to buy his sister a $50 pair of shoes. Then, he bought himself a pair of shoes.
“It’s these kinds of stories that really tug at your heart strings,” said Luschen. “It’s a humbling experience and really puts things into perspective.”
Boysville is one of more than 100 agencies supported by United Way. Luschen proudly shares stories with his employees about Boysville’s impact on the community. Over the years, he’s taken small groups to visit the campus and see the real world inside Boysville for themselves. During this month’s corporate-wide campaign, Luschen’s employees at Eastside Service District got a chance to hear about the agency’s emergency shelter that directly benefits from United Way.
“United Way support helps us provide care for the influx of children who come into our emergency shelter on a daily basis,” said Faith Green, a Boysville development associate. “Those who support Boysville through United Way help provide shelter for kids who come to us at 3 a.m. with nowhere else to go.”
Luschen also shows his strong support by designating his full United Way donation to Boysville. He’s one of many employees who give to the agency. In 2015, Boysville was eighth in total dollars of designated giving for CPS Energy with about $6,900. This year, it’s on pace to reach or surpass that amount. Luschen asks employees and others in the community to give to United Way to support important agencies like Boysville.
“I strongly encourage you to give to United Way,” he said. “If you prefer, designate your donation to a favorite agency or agencies. Also, when possible, visit a United Way agency to see the impact your donation can make.”
By Ursula Pari – Anchor
Posted: 6:48 PM, August 19, 2016
Updated: 12:15 PM, August 20, 2016
SAN ANTONIO – A shelter got a chance to offer a special shopping trip to 40 of its children for much-needed school essentials.
“These kids come to us with nothing, so to be able to buy, choose your own shoes and make sure that they light up and they’re sparkly, they are just having an amazing time,” said Beth Green, development officer for the Boysville shelter, a nonprofit that provides a safe environment for children in need.
Abuse, neglect, extreme poverty, homelessness and/or parental substance abuse are reasons children are in the Boysville shelter.
The Town and Country Optimist Club made the shopping trip possible.
“Knowing it was back to school, and knowing that there is such an influx with the shelter, we thought it’d be great to focus on the shelter children at this time,” said Susie Werts, director of the Town and Country Optimists.
“It’s fun to see them say, ‘Oh Batman. Oh Spider-Man.’ It’s great to see them so excited about a new pair of shoes,” said Cathy Woodruff, Town and Country Optimists’ treasurer.
“I think it’s great. I think of what my kids were like on Christmas morning and, to me, that’s what I am seeing right here. Kids that are so excited to get a brand new pair of shoes,” said Michelle Clark, assistant manager of the DSW shoe store.
When the children returned from DSW to the shelter, they received another gift of goodness. They were given new backpacks filled with new school supplies. It was another small token for children carrying a heavy burden in life.
Boysville has been around for 73 years, providing temporary shelter to youngsters who find themselves without a home. It also helps the children improve their grades, so the gifts received from the Town and Country Optimists will go a long way and take them on a journey to academic excellence.