"I have high hopes of being Somebody, Someday."

Jeff came to TEEM in August 2013 just to "get away." Much to his surprise, Jeff found that TEEM was more than a place to escape or waste time. It was a family to support, teach and encourage as he strove toward self-sufficiency and success.

In the past five months, Jeff has taken two very important steps on this journey. First, securing gainful employment; and second, passing the GED exam! Jeff holds that neither of these steps would've been possible without the tools and confidence TEEM equipped him with. Jeff recently wrote a heartfelt letter to his TEEM family, and as members of this family, we'd like to share it with you.

 "I would like to take a few minutes of your time to say thank you, and tell you about what TEEM has done for me. 

When I first started coming to TEEM it was just to get away from the halfway house. After a few weeks, I started to see that you were the real deal. By that, I mean you weren't just there for a pay check. You really wanted to help me become a better person. TEEM staff made me feel like a real person, not just another number. That meant a lot to me.

I was really only going for my GED. My teacher (John) really helped me more than he knows. My math wasn't all that bad, but not really good either. I gave it my all. He is a great teacher.

Computers were my next challenge. My friend, that was kind of hard for me. Believe me when I tell you that I didn't know anything about computers. With the help of Andy, I learned how to fill out an application online, email and various other things on the computer.

My case manager, Alex, is just a delight to talk to. Talking to her came easily to me because she listened to me and to what I wanted to do with my life, and gave me encouragement. 

If new students will come in with an open mind and a willingness for change, they will get as much as I have from the TEEM program.

With all that being said, I would like to say thank you for everything you've helped with. You've helped me become a person who has high hopes of being somebody someday. 

Thank you!"