At 16, Darius spent his days taking care of his mentally ill mother. He’d wake up in the morning and make her breakfast before getting himself ready for school. Some mornings were easier than others, but without a car he couldn’t always get to school on time. He worked extra hard to have good grades because he knew an education was the path to a better life. After school and on weekends he worked a part-time job to help support his family. But when his mother’s disease got worse and she started to have violent fits, Darius wasn’t safe. On a particularly bad day he came to Palmetto Place. For the first time in months he feels safe and knows that his needs come first. Now, he gets to school on time, and is considering options for college. We’ll help him sign up for drivers training and he can save his money to buy a first car

Grace Bennett