A stable and safe home was all he needed
He had just turned 19 when we first got to know him. A social worker friend reached out to us about his situation where he had no family or kin to go to after the police advised him to stay out from home due to domestic violence. He had exhausted all his savings seeking for refuge at a backpackers lodge for 3 weeks.
What began as a temporary refuge continued into a 3 years adventure where we were so glad to have him live with us.
He shared his life with us as he went through National Service and we get to be there for his BMT Passing-Out-Parade as well as being invited to the proud moment of pinning on his new promoted rank on his completion of Specialist training.
He received his A level results and we got to chat a little bit about his decision for his Uni major. He honed his independence and social skills when he stayed at campus during his uni days.
This year, he graduated from University with professional skills that are highly sought after and is living independently and meaningfully contributing to others in his new phase of adult life. Did we say we're so very proud of him?
Recently, he came back to visit and stayed a couple of weeks with us during his reservist duty at a camp near us.
As we sat around the dining table and reminiscent the good ol days. There were sobering moments when we wondered about how life might turn out if he hadn't found stability in an alternate home during the tumultuous times in his early adulthood.
We wonder how many more of these stories had their plots truncated when these young people have no safe and stable place to turn to.