Though you’ll see Matthew spending his days working and mentoring the youth at Martin Park, that wasn’t always the case.
“I was lost for years, struggling with addiction and substance abuse,” Matthew said. “I prayed to God and said, Lord, give me a chance to get right again, without another program. I need something different, and I got the opportunity with Martin Park, and I’ve been clean ever since. I have a purpose in life.”
Oscar has opened his eyes to the Lowell community. It’s a nice safe zone, and he’s never experienced that before until being involved. Living at Martin Park is one of the biggest blessings, and it’s given him a new perspective on being a Christian and what a Christian is supposed to be.
Matthew’s role is that of Community Advocate and Mentor. His focus is reaching out and connecting with the youth who live in broken neighborhoods and mentoring them through Saturday sports at Webster School and helping them get them up to school standards.
He’s seen a change in heart from the kids. Before there was no structure, the kids were wild and free, but by listening to them and staying patient and positive, they began to respect those around them. Be sure to stop in and say hello to Matthew the next time you visit Martin Park.