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Cameron

Cameron never understood how drugs could take a hold of life, until some friends from his high school football team introduced him to Methamphetamines. He learned how easy it was to spiral out of control when you are unable to let go of the thing that is controlling you.

Growing up in Kalamazoo wasn’t always easy for Cameron. He grew up in a broken home where his parents divorced. Amidst an unhealthy relationship with his Father and a Mother who struggled with addiction, Cameron had to grow up fast. The one thing that kept him holding on was the support of his Grandparents and taking care of his siblings.

Through a series of bad choices and unforeseen turns, Cameron became homeless, and he felt himself hitting “rock bottom”. He knew that if he didn’t make some changes, his life was in jeopardy. With a motivation to turn his life around, Cameron started looking for a job. He knew it wouldn’t be easy, but with determination, Cameron was able to get a job as a dishwasher at a local restaurant.

Everything was lined up for his first day of work except for a pair of work boots. Working in a kitchen requires the right footwear. With no money, he wasn’t sure where he was going to geta new pair of shoes. But he remembered a place that his grandfather used to volunteer. A place that helped people like Cameron who just needed a little bit of support to get their life back on track. That place was KDC.

Moments after walking in the doors of KDC and meeting with staff, Cameron found himself in a car with a KDC staff member on their way to the store to buy him a new pair of shoes. KDC was also able to help Cameron when he moved into an apartment. They helped provide furniture and household items to help him get started in his new home. Cameron is hopeful for the future and placing his trust in God for the next steps.

“I used to take the building blocks of life and I would take them and throw them into a big pile and jump onto it and hope it held up. And every single time it would fall apart. Now I am taking each one of my blocks and strategically placing it so when I stand on that foundation it’s going to hold up for the rest of my life”

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