Not that long ago, Javonte Love was living in a small apartment with only a $30/week stipend provided by the Harris Home for Children in Huntsville.
Close to aging out of foster care, Javonte knew all of this was about to change, and his future could go one of two ways. The Alabama Department of Human Resources referred Javonte to ADRS, where Senior Rehabilitation Counselor Tonya Frankum worked with him to ensure his life took a positive turn.
With a long history of struggle in his life, positives for Javonte were few and far between. Placed into foster care as a child with his two younger brothers, a family adopted them, but they were abused. Lacking the necessary encouragement, Javonte dropped out of high school. He never obtained a driver license, though he wanted one. He had nearly lost all hope.
While at ADRS, Frankum told Javonte about the keys to independence: money, living arrangements, and transportation.
Frankum helped Javonte obtain a driver license, and vocational rehabilitation worked with him on obtaining employment. He began a work adjustment program and trained for janitorial work.
“Javonte is so hard working and optimistic,” Frankum said. “All he needed was a little good old-fashioned counseling and some job development training.”
In March, several positions came open with Huntsville City Schools, and Javonte was hired full-time. Though happy to be employed, Javonte knew something was still missing: reliable transportation.
When the Huntsville-Madison County Transportation Coalition heard his dramatic story, they offered to help. Each year, the coalition receives several donations of used cars and car parts, and in May, Javonte was given a used BMW to help him get around.
“I have a responsibility to my brothers and myself to be independent, get a job, drive a car, and have a life that I’m proud to call my own,” said Javonte. “I’ve dreamed a lot of having this kind of life. I’m so grateful to everyone who has supported and believed in me, and made this new ‘me’ possible.”