But before be could become eligible for New Connections, he would have to get a job, pay monthly rent and save his money.
So, Randall did what he set out to do.
With the help of a New Connections case manager, he signed a lease, re-enrolled in high school and got a job to make his own money.
Upon graduation, he was accepted into a local private university. When it was time for him to move out of his apartment and into the dorms, he made sure to thank the many people at New Connections that helped him get there.
New Connections is one of the many organizations that benefits from the Gazette Charities Christmas Fund through gifts from Gazette readers.
The Gazette covers the administrative costs of the fund, so every penny donated goes to the agencies and people who need help. All donations to Gazette Charities are tax-deductible.
To donate, look for the donation coupon in today's paper or visit wvgazette.com and click on the Gazette Charities Christmas Fund logo to give online.