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Big Hearts. Big Motivation. Big Results.

Big Hearts. Big Motivation. Big Results.

Parents. Advocates. Teachers. Mentors. Thinkers. Doers. Unwavering. Champions. For much of Rai and Marie Beasley’s 35 years of marriage, the couple has been advocating for high-risk children. Rai learned through his own experiences with childhood homelessness...
A Step in the Right Direction

A Step in the Right Direction

Nick doesn’t have much to say about orange jumpsuits, handcuffs, or the cell in which he stayed for more than three years. In fact, he’s decided he’d rather just put the whole juvenile corrections facility experience behind him. “There’s more...
Finding Their Forever Family

Finding Their Forever Family

“Mr. Britt is unique,” reflected UMFS Family Support Specialist Melissa Lee. Michael Britt is a single father who created a loving home for his son Corjah, 14. In 2014, he got a call that would change his life, and dramatically expand his family. Corjah’s mother had...
Mark Smith: Creating a Bright Future for Himself

Mark Smith: Creating a Bright Future for Himself

MARK SMITH has been working hard to create a bright future for himself. “I don’t want to be another statistic,” he reflects. Many of the statistics for youth in foster care are grim. Nationally, only 50 percent of foster youth complete high school by age 18, and less...