Credit and Appreciation go to: Jenny Stricklin


How do we give you a clear sense of what our friend Matthew is like? There’s a lot to Matthew, that’s for sure, which is pretty typical for our teens on the Heart Gallery. Like the others, Matthew has been through a lot, and those experiences have left behind some temporary collateral damage. Matthew is a little impulsive and doesn’t always make the smartest choices. Nothing bad, mind you…just a little more mischievous than he should be. And when things don’t go as expected, Matthew can get a little more upset than he’d like and he does and says some things he regrets. (Don’t we all do that from time to time?) But those behaviors are not the Matthew you’ll see most of the time. Come to a Project Zero adoption event, and you’ll see the “real” Matthew. He’s friendly and outgoing and really quite charming with his playful little grin you see in his photo. He enjoys playing outdoors as much as he loves watching movies and playing video games, too. Matthew is just a normal kid who’s been through some tough times and needs a family to let him re-discover what it means to be loved, supported, and included. It’s all he really wants. We’ve had the pleasure of getting to know Matthew, and he truly is a great kid – funny, energetic, smart as a whip, and he has a great sense of humor. Take a minute and ask about Matthew, and when you hear his story, hopefully you’ll see the same kid that we do and want to know even more.

Age: 17

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