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“Safe Streets, Healthy Kids”: Aaron McFarlane at the Pathfinders Drop In Center

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Listen: As mentioned earlier in the week, I was fortunate enough to sit down and talk with a few of the teenagers who come to the Pathfinders Drop In Center. The last youth I sat down with was Aaron McFarlane, a young man who’s faced an incredible set of challenges in his life. And his manner of presenting that adversity was striking — without pause, he’d reference sleeping in cars or outside in a matter of fact tone. In that same voice, he drew thoughtful conclusions and unrolled an ambitious plan for his future, complete with a step by step plan to make it happen.

Take a moment and listen to Aaron’s story: see podcast below.

In this second piece, Aaron discusses his relationship with Pathfinders over the past 5 years, starting with distrust and ending with a profound gratitude:

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Want to learn more? You can check out the Pathfinders Website here and thentheir sub-site for the drop in center. You can also read wonderful articles from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on the Pathfinders Shelter (from Felcia Thomas-Lynn) and the Drop-In Center (from Erin Richards).

Produced by: Adam Carr