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Vernessa Perez: Once Misunderstood and Isolated, She Found a Surrogate Family and Started Her Own
Rodolfo Lino: He Takes to the Stage to Alleviate Fright
Royah Nuñez: Starting Over by Learning the Language of Dogs
Khalilah EL-Amin: After a Little Help, a New Job, 2 Books and Big Ideas
LaShondra Jones: Finding Grounding After Years of Wandering
Barry Friedman: For BCS, He Delivers
Aaron Dean, BCS Supporter
Steve Williamson, founder of the speaker series at Brooklyn High School for Leadership and Community Service.
Jonathan Lewis lives with a mild intellectual disability and at the age of 26 is living on his own for the first time in secure supportive housing thanks to BCS and the Neediest Cases Fund.
A single mother who battles with Lupus, Melba, is learning new skills with BCS to better her mental health and take care of her son.
Makaylah Barber, who attends the BCS Brooklyn High School for Leadership and Community Service, is recovering from loss while recommitting to her basketball skills and education.
Wanda Ramirez, who learned in her 20s that she has schizophrenia, was hospitalized frequently and dependent on marijuana. She kicked her drug habit and used art therapy to help her through the withdrawal symptoms.
Atreyal Ransom, 19, struggled in school after his mother died. He worked to catch up and graduated as valedictorian of his class in June.
Ramel Paredes, who has autism, is passionate about New York’s subways. He’s working to curb his pessimism and foster deeper personal connections.
Holly Gambal, who struggles with mental illness, has dealt with homelessness and stroke, but is persevering towards personal health and stability.
Malik Glanville, a student at the BCS Brooklyn High School for Leadership and Community Service was was falling short of the credits he needed to graduate but his desire to learn has resurged.
Manasia Hornea, a student at the BCS Brooklyn High School for Leadership and Community Service has struggled with gender identity and homelessness, but is starting to find inspiration in education and peers who elevate her.
Adalid DeJesus was trapped in the revolving door of drug rehabilitation, but one day, he said, he realized it was “time to grow up, time to live my life.”
Maria Bruno, with her children Mya, Donnell and Eva, received therapy provided by the BCS East New York Family Center. The Center has helped the family cope and focus on their future after the loss of Bruno's mother.
Graduation once seemed like a distant prospect to Saquan Bright, but BCS's Brooklyn High School for Leadership and Community Service. helped him return to school with renewed commitment.
Robin Thompson still lives near the streets where her struggles began, but with help, she’s resisting old temptations and making up for lost time.
Joint pain and depression have kept Lila Laporte from her work as a home health aide. But as she longs to return to her calling, the Neediest Cases has given her a fresh start.
Shareen Williams has cared for her sister, Raheida Harry, who has a chromosomal disorder, for more than a decade, uprooting herself and putting her own needs second.
Shatiana Vanterpool (left, with her mother Shayntte Johnson) will continue with her therapy and says she is determined to find a job and live independently.
Gregory Manson, 43, knows the importance of having a roof over his head after bouncing around shelters and transitional living facilities in the Bronx, Manhattan and Brooklyn. BCS has worked with Mr. Manson since 1999 to provide him with job coaching and preparation skills.
Lavelle Lockett, 26, had been homeless when he was hospitalized at a psychiatric center. Two years later, he has an apartment and hopes to attend college. Lavelle is a member of BCS's East New York Clubhouse.