Xavier was referred to CCA by a partner organization, the Men of Nehemiah. Through that program, he began to deal with challenges of substance abuse, depression, and homelessness.
As Xavier started to plan for the future, he realized he must earn a high school degree in order to have the opportunities he wanted. Xavier came to CCA at the age of 22. Even though his mother had recently died of a drug overdose and he had no high school credits, he was determined to earn his diploma.
He joined the CCA running club, worked hard academically, and was a leader among the students. Xavier was mentored by a Christian businessman, who has co-led a student Bible study with Xavier. During the Spring of 2016, Xavier was hired by Americorps to work at the Cornerstone Kitchen, helping feed hundreds of homeless people in the neighborhood each week.
In the summer, he worked at Kids Across America, where he was a grounds keeper, was a counselor for part of the summer, and lost over 40 pounds! Check out this article in the DMN about his inspirational journey!
During his time at CCA, Xavier served as a strong leader not only at CCA but in the greater South Dallas community!