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Let's get Jimmy an education. This isn't just about Jimmy. This is about showing you that the world can get better thru your contribution.

I've known Jimmy for several years. I've seen him struggle with unemployment, alcoholism and depression. Through all of this I've been impressed with his willingness to listen, his persistence, and his honesty about what he has dealt with in the past and deals with on a day to day basis.

Jimmy is conquering his challenges. His most recent victory is being sober for 16 months through AA.

Jimmy supports people in his community, gang members and his own children through the way that he deals with life and the transparency he is willing to have even given the shame of what he has been through.

And, he is still struggling. I know first hand how much work he puts in. I know how every day he pounds the pavement to look for jobs, putting in applications everywhere, handing out fliers which promote his services ("High quality work, integrity and creativity"). And it is not working. There are always hundreds of other applicants for every job and I see that he has as much chance of getting a job doing what he is doing now as he does in winning the lottery.

One thing that I say differentiates Jimmy is that he pulls the world towards him instead of waiting for a helping hand. Jimmy took on getting sober by himself. And, the next step for him has been to go after some kind of education which can give him a reliable source of work and get him out of day to day crisis.

Jimmy found a certification program which would allow him to work in an assisted living facility. He is excited about that. It will take four weeks. I am asking you to help me cover his school expenses and living expenses for one month.

If you see this as an inspiring victory over alcoholism, please give. If you see education as access making your life better, please give.
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