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Manny's Transformation: A Story You Made Possible


My name is Manny, and my life was transformed at The Bowery Mission's Mont Lawn Camp.

When I first heard about Mont Lawn Camp, I was kind of scared to go. I was 6 years old and had never been away from home. In fact, I had never been out of the city. I didn’t know what to expect.

But after a couple of days at camp, I didn’t want to go back home! The friends … the positive environment … the leaders … it all had a really great impact on me and opened doors in my life.

Over the years, I did my share in the streets. I did some things I’m not proud of. But I look back now and see that camp was my refuge.

My camp leaders kept me on the right path too. They connected me with an awesome mentor to help me develop leadership skills, grow closer to God, and learn ways to succeed in school. I’ll soon be starting my sophomore year at Nyack College, studying Criminal Justice. And after school I plan to enter the military — my way of helping others.

And this summer, I’m returning to Mont Lawn Camp to work as a counselor!

I will always be grateful for The Bowery Mission and for everyone who makes it possible for young people like me to go to Mont Lawn Camp. I am a better person because of this camp. My life will never be the same.

Find out about The Bowery Mission's Mont Lawn Camp and ways to volunteer.

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