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George: "Wednesday's Child Comes Home"

George Grant, age 25, resident for 5 years

“Then I knew for sure that I was too big to get adopted. People just wanted little, bitty babies. I don’t know why people are like that.”

From birth, George Grant got the worst of it but, miraculously, it never got the best of him…
Born to a crack addicted mother…almost murdered by her live-in boyfriend…bounced through 40 respite homes, he aged out of the system with the undeniable, soul-sinking feeling that no one wanted him. He even had been a Wednesday’s Child featured on Jack Williams’ TV program five times! There he stood proudly in front of the camera with Jack behind him, hands on his shoulders. These were proud, hope-filled moments for this mild-mannered 11 year old youngster. But it did him no good. No one called for him. Jack asked him to come back again. He refused, because “then I knew for sure that I was too big to get adopted. People just wanted little, bitty babies.” There’s only so much rejection that one child can carry, before he retreats from his hopes and dreams.


Thankfully, along the way came mentors who loved and cared for him and, importantly, introduced him to the The Boy Scouts of America. He was encouraged over the years to progress from Cub to lofty Eagle Scout status. To this day, he embodies the oath that he took when he was 18. He feels these words deep down in his heart:


 

On my honor
I will do my best
to do my duty
to God
and my country
and to obey the Scout Law;
To help other people
at all times;
To keep myself physically strong,
mentally awake,
and morally straight.


Through it all, George Grant’s beautiful spirit has survived and continues to strengthen as he discovers the very best of himself. Although still reluctant to dream about the future, he is coming to know who he is in the present – an important, irreplaceable member of the Champ Homes community, valued and loved by staff, residents and volunteers.

Wednesday’s Child has come home…and his Champ Homes family is clearly the better for it.

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