Moving to Portland was overwhelming. I’d moved around when I was younger but never to a city this big, with so many options and possibilities. Honestly, it was paralyzing. Where do you find friends? How do you get connected? Sure, I had some guys that I knew from before and teammates from the soccer team, but it was one coach that took time with me, walked with me and introduced me to my new friends at Mannahouse.

It’s amazing when you find a group of people that are willing to walk with you. Through thick and thin, highs and lows. Good times and bad. The community I’ve found have invested in me, supported my academic pursuits, guided me on my career path, found a place for me to live, challenged my faith and helped me grow as a person. My life wouldn’t be what it is without the connections I’ve experienced over the past few years. What connects me? The fact that I’m known and can honestly know others on this journey through life.