Devin, a sophomore and resident at the Boys Ranch, has found his direction in life through the opportunities offered at Methodist Children’s Home.
But it was not always like this for Devin. He had a tough time when he first came to MCH.
“I got mad easily and cursed a lot,” Devin said. “Honestly, I just needed a break and an opportunity to mature. I used to get angry over everything. I would throw things, but now I am more relaxed and have learned to channel my anger better.”
During Devin’s eighth grade year at MCH he started looking towards his future and thinking about what he might want to pursue as a career.
“In English class we had to do a career project,” he explained. “I have enjoyed my welding class through the AG program and I love to swim, so I started exploring what careers there were that combined both these interests and discovered underwater welding.”
“My mom supported me and found diving classes through the local YMCA,” he continued. “I have learned that scuba diving takes patience, practice and overcoming some fears. I think underwater welding is really cool because you can combine metal, electricity and air and make something out of it.”
Devin will be applying to the Greater Waco Advanced Manufacturing Academy (GWAMA) in the fall. He hopes to earn an advanced welding certificate by the time he graduates.
“I have made friends at the Boys Ranch,” he said. “I have enjoyed all the activities offered here and know I have made some lasting friendships. I have had staff who really helped me find better ways to express my anger. Having to live with a group of peers has helped me learn to work as a part of a team.”
Devin plans on graduating in May of 2017 and pursuing a career in underwater welding.
“I am excited,” he said. “I can make good money and go anywhere in the world and there will be welding opportunities.”
Besides helping him build toward future dreams, Devin said MCH has helped him where he needed it the most, adding that, “MCH has helped me and my mom’s relationship and I am grateful for that.”