Cooking Up A Bright Future
"I thought I would never be able to live a normal life," said Ryan, who is currently working toward his career goals at HIRED through a program supported by the Minneapolis Employment and Training Program.
"I woke up some days thinking there was no point of even trying anymore because nothing was going my way. I had no home or family, and couldn't get or hold down a job. I had stopped caring about myself, others and my future."
After Ryan found a home and supportive services at St. Barnabas, an apartment building operated by Aeon for formerly homeless and at-risk youth, he connected with HIRED youth counselor Tara Carlson. Tara provided Ryan with work readiness training and placed him in an internship with chef Jeff Riley, who is affectionately known as "Chef Jeff".
"I have learned so much about the culinary arts field, life in general and about becoming a man," said Ryan. "I'm very thankful for the internship opportunity that was given to me by Tara at HIRED and I see only good things coming in my future."