Reflections by Stephanie Endres

My name is Stephanie. I am a 25 years old and from Seattle, Washington. I attended West Seattle High School and I am currently attending Central Washington University full-time. I have endured much pain and unhappiness in the 25 years I have been on this earth and I know that there are many others who have been through the same as I have and maybe even more. I am in the process of organizing a non-profit for homeless individuals. I want to help others.

When I feel as though I cannot go on, I remember it could always be worse and it certainly will always get better. Life is a journey…enjoy the ups and downs and never take anyone or anything for granted! There will be a time when that thing or person will not be there anymore and you will wish you would had done things differently. The highs wouldn’t matter so much if there were no lows. I believe that I am on this planet to help people have more ups than downs in their life. I would like to help anyone who needs it or wants it. I don’t always make the best decisions when it comes to helping myself but if I can help others, I believe that’s all that matters.

I have organized Stephanie’s Lifeline Homeless Outreach Program Prevention and Education so that I can live out my dream of helping people. I want to help people discover their own life’s purpose. My non-profit provides necessities such as clothing, bedding, toiletries, etc. to homeless people in the Seattle area. My goal is to eventually open a food bank, clothing bank, and housing for homeless youth and young adults.

I think that the YES Foundation of White Center is a great program that provides opportunities and role models to youth who would not otherwise have them. It is very important for youth to be involved in their community. When they are encouraged to pursue their own interests such as sports or music, they are better able to stay focused on the things that are important like school, personal fitness, and health and not be deterred by things that would negatively impact their lives. The people involved with YES are great role models who help young people make positive changes in their lives. I know this from personal experience. The type of programming that YES offers is very important to a community like White Center. I believe it helps to prevent the community’s youth from becoming the very people that my non-profit, Stephanie’s Lifeline, is trying to help.