When Aaron was eight the state placed him and his siblings in the foster care system. At age eleven he and his 3 biological brothers were adopted into a family that had ten other children. Going from the oldest of four to being the middle child of thirteen, Aaron quickly figured out that the placement was not sustainable. He often snuck out at night to counter the chaos he experienced in the home. At school he reached out to his band teacher, for help. She gave him encouragement to hang on and to seek out faculty that could be “anchors” for him along the way. By the time he became 17 his behavior had gotten him into legal trouble and his adopted family kicked him out, leaving him totally exposed to life on the streets. Aaron was homeless for five years between the age of 17 to 22. It was during this period, his girlfriend at the time became pregnant and they were able to get into an emergency shelter, Crossroads, in Everett. The Housing Hope Services staff members informed him about the Youth Build program, which was partnered with Housing Hope’s Team Home Building. Little did he know at the time he would end up being one of the first in Snohomish County to complete the program with his GED as well as earning college credits from Everett and Edmonds Community College. The ten-month program got him into stable housing and a traineeship with Ground Works, a social enterprise business under HopeWorks, where he worked and earned his way into full-time employment. Without a car, Aaron biked to each landscape job. His dedication to complete the program was fierce. As he grew and established his reliability with the staff, they provided him more training, responsibility, advancement, and more pay. Aaron is now on staff full-time at Housing Hope.