We are proud to celebrate the following individuals who have taken advantage of our scholarship program and successfully enrolled in school.
My name is Ehren Schwarz, I am a 23 year old male who is at The Bodhi House through the Artist Helping The Homeless program. I am originally from a small town in Nebraska and after struggling with addiction for 5+ years it landed me homeless on the streets of Kansas City. I had made several attempts to find a program that could help me stay clean and sober but it seemed that everywhere I went it was a “One Size Fits All” program that completely ignored my personal life goals. I firmly believe the best way to stay away from drugs and alcohol is to make my life worth living sober and accomplishing the short and long term goals I have. I have put together some good clean time in the past but ran into a barrier of where to go from there. Before meeting Kar Woo I had been living on the streets and sleeping in parks. Sleeping only a few hours a week and eating about the same basis, which I knew wasn’t where I belonged. I had checked myself into St. Luke’s in Smithville which is where I met Mr. Woo, unlike any other person I had talked to he asked me where I saw myself in the future. This was a shock to me as I didn’t even see it as a possibility to even start on my goal to earn a degree. I was a successful athlete and very inspiring person so I have always felt that teaching and coaching would be where I would belong. They say: “if you enjoy your work you never work a day in your life.” My so-called dream to be a positive impact on tomorrow’s youth is becoming more and more real every day. Having this feeling just inspires me to work all the more to achieve this goal, being able to inspire kids to steer clear of the path I chose. If I can assist one person to stay on the right path, then I feel I will have accomplished what God put me on this earth to do.
My names Benjamin Ruder. I am currently enrolled at Metropolitan Community college. My degree is in Graphic design and I want to use it to do photography. I got into the Artist Helping the Homeless program because I struggled with my Methamphetamine addiction. Kar Woo has taught me a new way of thinking and is helping me to achieve my goals one day at a time. Sobriety and the program has got me back into college and working towards a brighter tomorrow.
Johnny Waggoner is a 26-year old student from Bonner Springs, KS. He is the youngest of four and became homeless when his family used the tough love approach while he was struggling with addiction meth and Suboxone.
He is currently living at the Artists Helping the Homeless apartment building, Finnegan Place, and is pursuing a career in social work. He is undecided between majoring in either psychology or nonprofit management.
I just finished up a fasttrac program at the UMKC Innovation & Entrepreneurship campus and I am in the process of writing a business proposal for a food truck. I am also attending a 12-week long business validation course being held at the Plex Pod. I am currently enrolled at Penn Valley where I am continuing to pursue my education. One of the classes I am enrolled in is College 100 and I had just finished some career assessment testing and the four careers that match 4 out of 5 of the tests are pointing me into the medical field; Industrial Therapist, Manual Arts Therapist, Physical Therapist and a General Internist. Although cooking is my passion, I love helping people. I’m going to continue with my current business proposal/idea and possibly switch my schooling major to a Therapist occupation? All I know is that I want to work towards a career/occupation that doesn’t feel like a job……