A month before turning 18, Ben arrived at Preble Street after having stayed at multiple foster homes and youth shelters. Over the course of the spring and summer, Teen Services staff — along with collaborative partners — provided Ben the structure and stability he desperately wanted and needed. Ben gained employment and was accepted into a residential program in northern Maine where he lives now.
During his most recent call to the Teen Center, Ben reported to staff and other youth that he loves his new program and home, and expressed excitement about having his own room and making new friends.
Ben is one of many youth in whose story we are privileged to play a part.