Resident Spotlight: Michael

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I was born in Northampton on April 3,1991. I was adopted from birth, and I got a chance to meet my birth parents. I grew up in Easthampton where I went to elementary school and middle school and then went to an alternative high school because I had many problems and learning disabilities. I then transferred to a residential program and graduated in 2009.

At twenty-five I started using cocaine and Meth and began drinking. Thankfully, I am sober and clean today. I presently work as a sales associate in Cumberland Farms and am good with people. I used to volunteer for many years at a non-profit organization, Blue Rider Stables, in the Berkshires. It was a place for kids and adults with disabilities. It was a unique environment, and those who came worked with and rode horses. I would love to get back to riding horses again.

I am good with people and like to help everyone and be a role model. Everyone deserves a chance. If I can get through my situation, anyone can. A place like Homeless not Hopeless is just what I needed, and I’m grateful to be here. My goal is to continue to help people and to get an apartment someplace on Cape Cod.