I just picked up a message from the mom of one of my students. Anyone at Beacon can guess who the student was. For anyone else, it’s still just wonderful.

Beacon was never easy for this student… in large part because her life outside of Beacon was never, ever easy. She didn’t make it to a June graduation, but now, she’s on her way to a two-year college where she’ll be on the basketball team, and her dorm room is bigger than any room she’s ever lived in.

Her mom just called to say that the family saw her off at Port Authority… and to say thanks. And the student came by the apartment this morning so we could hang out and talk about life one more time before she left.

Those are the moments when why we do what do really are crystalized.