When Antonio came to Palmetto Place, he was alone on the streets and didn’t know he had options. He’s the oldest in his family and would often be the victim of his father’s rage when protecting his younger siblings. One night, during a fight with his father, Antonio was told to leave and not to come back. The streets are no place for a teen, but at no fault of his own, that’s where he found himself.

The next day the staff at his school helped him find shelter at Palmetto Place. For him, a safe place to sleep, guaranteed meals, and support was all he ever wanted. Through our life skills trainings, we’ve helped him reach his goals for education and employment. Today, Antonio is one of the 10 seniors at Palmetto Place getting ready for graduation and is planning on attending college in the fall. He’s been saving his paychecks and plans to buy a car after graduation so he can get himself to work and class on his own schedule.