At the age of 16, I moved to the Plummer Home in Salem, Massachusetts. I made this choice on my own to live at this facility to experience a normal life and to learn how to become an independent young man.
At first, I was skeptical, not knowing if this was the place for me because I had never been acclimated to a group living setting. I felt lost but I garnered optimism. I was placed in the independent living program, a separate entity just upstairs from the group home. There I learned how to cook, clean, do my own laundry, and to interact with other staff, housemates, and go to school as well.
Eight years later and I am beyond proud of what I achieved and accomplished when I was at the Plummer Home. Till this day I say to myself, wow, I had tremendous growth in me. I did that by immersing myself in the program and becoming a mentor and role model for the clients past and present. I also became a driven person of resilience, dedication, and success.
In the end, I was blessed to have found the Plummer Home for it gave me a good foundation in life, a foothold on which I could begin to climb the ladder of success. I was a family member there and not just a number.