Alex is currently living in Covenant House’s shelter and recently found employment at the age of 23.

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You've Helped Pay For: 12 Months Of Alex's Bill

Q. Do you have any past experiences that you think may have contributed to your current situation?  

I was raised in a non-secular household by parents whose authoritative values often came into conflict with my own. They had built a predetermined life for me in a country that champions individualism, and as I grew older, I realized that the only way to live freely was to leave home. My decision to leave might have been brash, but it was not unjustified.

Q. What impact do you think a cellphone could have on your life? 

I came to Covenant on March 21st and since then, its support network has allowed me to find work and start to get back on my feet. However, my inability to communicate with my employer and support workers has continued to hinder my progress. I was taking the bus to work a couple of weeks ago when its route changed, leaving me stranded with no way of letting my boss know I wouldn't be on time. A simple situation - one easily fixed with a cellphone - almost cost me the job I've worked so hard to get it, and it isn't the only time something like this has happened. I want a cellphone so I can maintain more regular communication with my employer and my shelter. I can't tell you how many times I've missed meals because I wasn't able to let my shelter know when I will be late for curfew. I am also hoping that the cellphone will help me with my education, I want to pursue accounting in the next year.  I think that everyone should be given a chance to attain independence, and with a phone, I have a real shot at achieving it.