Forever Family: Program paves the way toward adulthood for those in foster care

Forever Family: Program paves the way toward adulthood for those in foster care
Published: Jul. 11, 2023 at 4:08 PM EDT
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WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - Transitioning into adulthood can make or break the life of a young adult, especially those who grew up in foster care and have very little support.

That is why Dr. Allen Griffin and his wife Hashmareen are committed to helping these young people here in North Carolina move forward; with an idea that came as a vision, and a gift that would inspire and bring a greater sense of normalcy to their lives.

“I had 26 foster brothers, two birth siblings, and two adopted siblings. My parents were so good at sharing our home and letting us learn the lesson that community is family, at the same time,” said Allen Griffin, who runs the Excellerate program with his wife. “I was constantly being chased by my wife about the subject of caring for kids in foster care.”

“To help the teens that are coming of age that the statistics share that so many of them end up homeless, commit suicide, end up in jail, repeat a lot of the sad cycles that their parents have done,” Hashmareen Allen said.

“In the middle of the night, I wake up and God shows me this vision, this plan,” Allen said. “What would make a young person, a teenager say, ‘Hey I’m gonna go over to a building I’ve never been in and learn how to be a productive adult,’ and it felt like the Lord spoke to me and said, ‘I want you to give them a car. Every single student that graduates from our program, give them a car, that way they can drive to work, they can drive to church, can drive to school, and it’s the gift that they need most when they graduate high school and they’re looking towards the future.’

“And so, we’ve given away nearly 200 cars to young people who are so deserving and so in need. And most of those cars came from people like you that say hey I want to do something to transform the life of a young person.”