Recognizing Deandre needed a more structured environment, his father arranged for him to visit Mercy Home. As he spent time getting to know the staff, doing chores, and playing in the gym, Deandre realized our Home could be a good place for him. A few months later, Deandre moved in. He immediately felt like he belonged.
“I fit in,” he said. “It’s like there was a missing a piece, and I was that piece that just connected.”
During his first week, he joined a group outing to a 5-on-5 basketball tournament. Once there, Deandre was shocked to see two of his heroes, both Chicago natives: NBA legend Isiah Thomas and current NBA player Jabari Parker. He could not believe he was breathing the same air as they were!
Deandre also discovered that he could gain work experience at Mercy Home. With our staff’s help, he filled out his first job application—to work in our Learning Center. After his first job interview, Deandre was offered the position. A couple of days each week after school, he works to keep the Learning Center clean and organized.