For many high school students prom is the last celebration with friends before they graduate. Your parents take pictures of you on the front lawn with your friends and then you go and dance the night away.
When you call St. PJ‚Äôs ‚Äúhome,‚Äù going to prom might be something you don‚Äôt think is an option because, as fun as the evening is, it can be expensive. But as home for so many kids, St. PJ‚Äôs staff does whatever we can to make sure no one misses out on the milestones of youth. This was true for one of our residents, John*.
John* asked to come back to St. PJ‚Äôs because he realized he wasn‚Äôt getting the support he needed to focus on the right things in life, like graduating high school.
You read that correctly. He asked to come back. John was originally placed with St. PJ‚Äôs and then reunited with family. He quickly realized that St. PJ‚Äôs was the place he needed to be if he was going to be successful in life.
‚ÄúThe only family that matters is my brothers and sisters and St. PJ‚Äôs,‚Äù he said.
‚ÄúI knew St. PJ‚Äôs staff cared, so I came back to St. PJ‚Äôs to graduate.‚Äù
Just like a mom or dad keeps tabs on the big stuff in life, our staff knew that as a high school senior, John probably had prom coming up. He said he did, but that he didn‚Äôt think he‚Äôd be able to go because everything can cost so much money.
Sometimes it‚Äôs just a matter of asking the right people for help. St. PJ‚Äôs is lucky to have the wonderful support of many in the community so we can make sure no one misses out on the opportunity to have these wonderful memories of their youth.
Thanks to the generosity of the Holy Trinity Parish and Rex‚Äôs Tuxedos, John, looked sharp in his first suit of any kind. And just like any high school senior, he was able to have a fun evening making memories with friends enjoying dinner and dancing.
*Name¬†changed to protect the child