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“We’re not bad or ‘troubled.’ We aloof charge bodies to appearance us how this all works. Like, I didn’t apperceive breadth to go to get my authorization or how to accessible a coffer account. It’s absolute activity being that your parents accomplished you, and cipher accomplished us.”
“I abstruse that I absolutely do get to accept choices and that I am not aloof what has happened to me. I get to adjudge who I’m activity to be. Cipher else.”
“I am anniversary added than the way I’ve been treated.”
“I appetite to appear aback one day and coach a kid like me and advice him.”
These thoughts appear from adolescent men who are audience of Micah’s House, a nonprofit founded in 2015 by Shane Sturdivant. This year, Micah’s Abode introduces the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s anniversary anniversary ambition list, a adventitious for breadth nonprofits to acquaint our readers what they charge from Santa.
Like this writer, abounding of those readers ability apperceive Sturdivant as the amateur with the admirable articulation and open, dupe face from association amphitheater productions such as “A Comedy of Tenors,” “Mamma Mia” and “Les Miserables.”
“I’ve had the advantage of accomplishing association amphitheater in several cities over the accomplished 20 years, and I accept abnormally admired my adventures actuality in Northwest Arkansas,” he said afore “A Comedy of Tenors” this abatement at Arkansas Public Theatre. “I would say that my best arduous role has been Valjean in ‘Les Mis.’ It continued me vocally as able-bodied as diving into such an amazingly circuitous character.”
But ask Sturdivant to allocution about his best arduous role in absolute life, and he is both amorous and eloquent. After his own asperous alpha and several years in abbey admiral — breadth he aloof never begin the appropriate “fit” — Sturdivant set out to change the lives of adolescent men not so altered from himself.
“I accept fought adamantine in my own activity to breach the cycles of abjection and addiction, and I struggled badly as a adolescent adult. My mother died back I was 9 and my ancestor at 26, which beatific my addiction into hyperdrive,” Sturdivant relates of his own life. “Most of my boys accept suffered far worse, but I anticipate I chronicle able-bodied to them in their animosity of loneliness, forgottenness and a absent faculty of identity.”
The audience of Micah’s Abode are 18 to 25 years old and don’t accept a abutment system, Sturdivant begins the explanation.
“Approximately bisected of the adolescent men we serve appear out of acceptable advance care, and again there’s this accomplished accumulation of kids who I alarm the ‘forgotten youth.’ They’ve been aerial beneath the radar: sleeping on couches, in tents in the woods, bent up in the bent amends system.”
The boy who has best shaped his mission, Sturdivant says, is one who became his son: Rocky.
“If I were to abridge all the bad from all the altered situations I’ve formed in, it still wouldn’t blow the akin of agony Rocky has experienced,” he says. “Born absorbed to meth, ancestor in bastille for murder, 15-year-old mother absolutely strung out, alien to drugs at 7, sexually abused and raped. Again abused, labeled, institutionalized, alone and absolutely failed” by the advance affliction system.
“It still amazes me that he has any ablaze left,” Sturdivant says of his son. “That he keeps trying. He is the agitator abaft why we do what we do. There are so abounding different and affecting stories. These boys accept afflicted my angle on so abounding things, and they accumulate me apprehensive and accord me so abundant achievement for what can be accomplished back we let go of our preconceptions and aloof apprentice to adulation anniversary added well.”
Micah’s Abode can serve eight to 10 adolescent men in its residential facility, breadth “their breadth of break abundantly depends on them” but on average, is nine to 18 months, Sturdivant explains. “The ambition is to get them into an absolute active bearings while they’re still tethered to us, and we can airing with them through the obstacles and acquirements curves of that aboriginal 12 months at least. In ample part, they never absolutely leave us. We become their family.”
Along the way, the adolescent men participate in “Thrive,” which Sturdivant describes as “a affairs for acquirements activity skills, practicing allotment and commutual the accepted ‘life list’: driver’s license, accumulation account, character abstracts (most do not accept these back they arrive). We additionally affix our boys to advisers and added advantageous relationships to actualize a faculty of association and family. Ideally, these relationships abide and abound throughout their lives.”
Micah’s Abode is the absolute archetype of the Northwest Arkansas nonprofits who accept ambition lists not aloof at Christmas but year-round, organizations that charge aggregate from cardboard towels to people.
“Obviously our better charge is money,” Sturdivant says. “But we accept that small, targeted solutions are the alone abiding way to, over time, absolutely transform big systemic and analytical problems. So we appetite to accomplice with abate account donors ($25-$100) who appetite to see their appulse in absolute time.
“We are additionally consistently in charge of cardboard goods, shampoo/conditioner, anatomy wash, charwoman articles and dry abdomen appurtenances like ramen noodles and protein bars. We accumulate a needs anniversary on our website: micahshousenwa.org. We additionally charge volunteers to advice with appointment work, marketing, abode charwoman and updating, as able-bodied as advisers to airing alongside our guys.”
Asked why anyone should advice Micah’s House, one of the adolescent men says simply: “Because we deserve a adventitious to get it right.” We achievement that our anniversary ambition anniversary gives us all that opportunity.
Micah’s Abode Northwest Arkansas
Address: 1110 W. Elm St. in Rogers
Mission: Equipping adolescent men who accept age-old out of advance affliction to ascertain hope, healing, character and a abode to belong.
Needs: $10 allowance cards to fast food, Walmart or Casey’s Accepted Stores; alone bite items; accompanying area sets; accompanying comforters; 13-gallon debris bags; men’s socks (new); men’s undershirts (new); men’s underwear (new).
Contact information: Shane Sturdivant at (479) 282-0928 or email [email protected]
Also gluttonous abetment this anniversary division are:
Northwest Arkansas Aliment Bank
Address: 1378 June Self Drive in Bethel Heights
Mission: Nourishing Northwest Arkansas communities by agriculture the athirst with partnerships with added than 160 affiliate agencies to ability out to those in need.
Needs: Monetary donations advice us acquirement aliment to distribute. We additionally charge peanut butter, rice (brown and white), broiled beans, canned adolescent and chicken, canned vegetables (no salt) and accomplished atom cereal.
Contact information: Kent Eikenberry, director, 872-8774 or [email protected]
CASA of Northwest Arkansas
Address: 3825 Cawood Lane in Springdale
Mission: Court Appointed Special Advocates of Northwest Arkansas provides compassionate volunteers who apostle for abused and alone children.
Needs: Anniversary presents for accouchement ages bairn to 20 years old — specifically, art kits, Legos, lath games, wallets, architecture kits, watches, allowance cards for fast food, bold food or retail stores.
Contact information: Shelley Hart, affairs director, (479) 725-2213 or email [email protected]
Northwest Arkansas Children’s Shelter
Address: 14100 Vaughn Road in Bentonville
Mission: To accommodate a safe haven, high-quality affliction and achievement for the approaching for accouchement who accept been abandoned, abused or neglected.
Needs: Cardboard towels, toilet paper, nitrile gloves, archetype paper, photo paper, 13-, 30- and 33-gallon debris bags, gas allowance cards, Walmart allowance cards.
Contact information: Raegin Callaway, accumulated advance and contest manager, (479) 795-2417, ext. 310, or email [email protected]
File Photo/CHARLIE KAIJO Student Emily Beltran carries ability that will be accustomed to CASA aftermost Christmas at Rogers New Technology High School.
File Photo/BEN GOFF @NWABENGOFF Kent Eikenberry, president/CEO of Northwest Arkansas Aliment Bank, serves as a bedfellow bartender at Brick Street Brews in Rogers to advice accession funds for the nonprofit.
File Photo A advance gets hugs at the Northwest Arkansas Children’s Shelter in Vaughn.
NAN Our Town on 11/21/2019
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