“Cleaning the house while your kids are still growing is like shoveling the walk before it stops snowing” – Phyllis Diller
Because disconnection is the biggest challenge for foster youths, Just in Time brings together foster youths with a caring community that will be there for a lifetime. Proceeds from Just in Time’s upcoming fundraiser will provide the safety net, skills, and empowerment that every young person needs to be self-sufficient and successful. As a former participant and current employee of Just in Time, Caitlin Radigan has personally experienced how the program works and what makes it so special.
10 Things About Caitlin Radigan & Just in Time for Foster Youth
#1 Like many young people who’ve spent time in foster care, I moved around a lot. I attended 8 different elementary schools.
#2 I hope to travel to Ireland one day; it would be a very interesting discovery of my heritage.
#3 The top of my bucket list includes flying a small airplane around an erupting volcano.
#4 Recently, I was frustrated to see my toddler had pink eyeshadow all over her face but couldn’t resist laughing when I saw our newly adopted cat had allowed her to apply pink shadow on his face too!
#5 Outside of working at Just in Time, I’m a caregiver to a disabled Vietnam veteran. I love how my daughter attempts to assist him and asks if he’s okay whenever he cries out in pain.
#6 I need only glance at my daughter’s precious little face and be reminded how much I have to be thankful for in this life.
#7 I used to have a very cynical view of the world but now that I have conquered the adversity I faced in childhood, I can see that the world is filled with kindhearted people who want to help others help themselves.
#8 Beating myself up about past mistakes doesn’t do anyone any good. By learning from my experiences, not repeating poor decisions, and leading by example, I can have a positive impact on those around me.
#9 As a single mother, it has been a challenge to work 2 jobs and attend college full time. I was devastated when I failed an accounting class, but I stuck to it, repeated the class and got an A the next time around. When I graduate in May, all the nights studying until 1 a.m. will be worth it!
#10 As a participant, Just in Time opened my eyes to my full potential when I was blind to it. I went from insecure and untrusting to confident, capable, and connected through Just in Time’s transformative services and the community of caring people that encouraged me along the way.