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STUDENT STORIES

Future Counselor

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DONALD VARNUM

DonaldMr. Varnum has learned many lessons in life the hard way.  He survived an abusive childhood and later took up a life of petty crime.  His middle years were spent in and out of prison as he battled addition to drugs and alcohol.  After committing a crime at the age of fifty, he finally confronted the demons that had haunted him all of his life.  He found “true freedom” and was released as a homeless citizen.  Donald found his way to the CLC’s LIFT program for educating homeless adults.  He later enrolled and completed Bridge.  His dream is to become a reintegration counselor for the penal system. 

He strongly believes that rehabilitation must begin with strong, supportive programming in the prisons.  The Friends will support Donald as he begins his career journey as a sociology student at Bunker Hill Community College.

 

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