Jacob recently aged out of the school system. As the magical number approached that signaled the end of his schooling, we – as his parents – naturally wondering what the next step would entail. Despite years of vocational training, Jacob was still considered "unemployable". With a future of inactivity and lack of purpose yawning before him, we decided to create a business - online retail sales - that he will be able to work at home.
We were not prepared to let Jacob age out without a next step in place. A next step that included a chance for him to continue to learn and grow and have a meaningful, purposeful life. As we pursue this venture, we have done so with a dual goal in mind. We are doing everything in our power to help Jacob reach his full potential but we also want to offer encouragement and support to other parents. Parents whose children have already aged out and they are feeling lost and without resources. Parents whose children who are approaching the “aging out years” and feel scared and desperate. And those precious parents at the beginning of this journey who are walking through some very, very difficult days – often without a support system in place.