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Elon Homes Village sees first resident graduate from high school

Fred, a resident at The Village at Elon Homes, received his high school diploma today from West Mecklenburg High School. He is the first high school graduation among Elon Homes’ Village residents!

Fred’s father left their family home in Brooklyn, New York when Fred was just a baby.  Fred, his sisters and his mother moved numerous times from state to state, staying with various family members along the way. Eventually the Department of Social Services placed Fred and his sisters with a caring foster family.

Today Fred credits Elon Homes for his new life in the Queen City as a resident of The Village.  Fred says the staff at The Village has given him the help and guidance he needed this year.  Graduation seemed unattainable when he started his senior year but his hard work and the structured program at The Village made it possible for him to graduate.

“The partnership between Elon Homes and Johnson C. Smith University exhibits the very best of two institutions which have made commitments to improve the lives of some of our most vulnerable young people,” said Johnson C. Smith University President Clarence D. Armbrister. “These efforts are mainstays of our respective organizations’ missions. These efforts will also enable these young men and women to maximize their potential and be full participants in the burgeoning social and economic fabric of the City, Region and State of North Carolina.”

Fred has dreams for the future and is working with The Village staff and his mentors to finalize his post-graduation plans.  He would love to serve our country as a Marine and is up for the challenge and continuing to better himself. 

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