Adrienne

Our Journey With Boys' Town

At one of the lowest points of my stint as a social worker, I received a letter from Singapore Prison. It was from one of my earlier clients, a boy who had no known parents and shuffled from one children’s home to another since young. He stayed with us for three years, and we did not hear much from him after he left Boys’ Town.

The letter mentioned that he was in a very bad place, and that brought him to prison. At his lowest point, he recalled the things which I had once told him, and that helped him persevere and not give up on himself. Writing to me gave him purpose, and the relationship built in his time in Boys’ Town gave him a sense of attachment.

This story hits me the most, because the journey is never easy. For kids who have been beaten down, we expect Hollywood success. While there is one success, we must also remember there are other challenges in his life. In life we do not expect all to be great and peaceful, but if we look at those whom the world rejects… we need to do what we do.

I feel grateful that I am leading a very purposeful life. This gives me the motivation to continue going towards the vision. In the work that we do, sometimes it might seem unfruitful, and we don’t know why we’re doing this. Even though we may not see the fruits of labour immediately, the best that we can do is to keep trying. And one day, when the seed I sowed germinate and bear fruit, it will be so worth it.



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Adrienne

Our Journey With Boys' Town

At one of the lowest points of my stint as a social worker, I received a letter from Singapore Prison. It was from one of my earlier clients, a boy who had no known parents and shuffled from one children’s home to another since young. He stayed with us for three years, and we did not hear much from him after he left Boys’ Town.

The letter mentioned that he was in a very bad place, and that brought him to prison. At his lowest point, he recalled the things which I had once told him, and that helped him persevere and not give up on himself. Writing to me gave him purpose, and the relationship built in his time in Boys’ Town gave him a sense of attachment.

This story hits me the most, because the journey is never easy. For kids who have been beaten down, we expect Hollywood success. While there is one success, we must also remember there are other challenges in his life. In life we do not expect all to be great and peaceful, but if we look at those whom the world rejects… we need to do what we do.

I feel grateful that I am leading a very purposeful life. This gives me the motivation to continue going towards the vision. In the work that we do, sometimes it might seem unfruitful, and we don’t know why we’re doing this. Even though we may not see the fruits of labour immediately, the best that we can do is to keep trying. And one day, when the seed I sowed germinate and bear fruit, it will be so worth it.



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