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Aging Out
My Story
David Griffin
Risa Bejarano
Daniella Anderson
Keely Lopez
Thomas Hudson


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An apartment-warming party
An apartment-warming party

Shortly after settling into her new apartment, Keely's foster care agency, St. Christopher's, threw her a house-warming party.

KEELY: I'll just move into another step in my life. It feels good, but I'm kind of scared. It's my first time. I feel like a lady now. Some kids that live with their parents, they are so used to their parents doing everything for them and giving them whatever they want. For me, I have to just do it on my own and make my life better.

Video of moving day
PHIL: All right, Keely, this is it. I have all the faith in the world and I know you can do it, but I'm still here and we're all here if you need us. So just give us a call.

It was bittersweet for Phil to see Keely leave the independent living program. He wanted the best for her, but he knew that once the party was over, she had a tough road ahead living on her own. He was right. Two months after Keely moved into her own apartment, Phil stopped by to discuss her rent subsidy, which turned out to be far less than Keely anticipated.

PHIL: They are only going to give you one lump sum check and it is not going to reach that $10,800. It is only going to be for about $2500. I know you're worried.

KEELY: It's harder now because, you know, a lot of my hours got cut from work, so it is like half of my money that I'm working for I'm using on transportation. It's hard to stretch the money to pay the bills. I don't like the situation I'm living in. There are too many mice and rats in this building, and it is just so hard that I don't even want to stay here anymore. I guess I'm in a depressed stage right now where I just don't want to be bothered with nobody. I don't want to work. I don't want to do anything.

PHIL: Everybody gets like that sometimes. It's called life, you know. You trudge through life every day. You get up and then you come back and you feel like you are in the same spot. You didn't move at all, right? The only thing that gets worse is the mess in your apartment and the bills that are coming in. But, like I said, we just have to get up, we got to keep on doing it. It's only going to get worse before it gets better. I'm not going to lie to you, ok? You just got to promise, if something bothers you, you definitely do let me know about it.

I guess I'm in a depressed stage right now where I just don't want to be bothered with nobody.   I don't want to work.  I don't want to do anything.
Video of Keely's depression over mounting bills



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