A Florida 15-year-old appeared at a St. Petersburg church last month to plead with congregants to give him a permanent home.
Davion Navar Henry Only got a ride from his caseworker Connie Going one Sunday in September to the St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church. He almost backed out at the last minute, although it had been his idea, reported the Tampa Bay Times. Henry had heard that God helps people who help themselves.
”My name is Davion, and I’ve been in foster care since I was born … I know God hasn’t given up on me,” Davion addressed the congregation after Rev. Brian Brown invited him to the pulpit. “So I’m not giving up either.”
Davion has grappled with feelings of anger and resentment from being left by his birth mother, leading to emotional outbursts and trouble in school.
He held out hope that one day his birth mother, who he never met, would come back for him. Last June, he discovered she died, when he found her obituary in a local newspaper.
After that, Davion lost 40 pounds. He got control of his anger and started making A’s at school. On the road to self-improvement, only one thing is holding Davion back from being his ideal self: A family.
”I’ll take anyone. Old or young, dad or mom, black, white, purple. I don’t care,” Davio said. “And I would be really appreciative. The best I could be.”
He wants badly to get out of the Carlton Manor residential group home where he lives.
“He’s come a long way,” said Floyd Watkins, Carlton Manor’s program manager. “He’s starting to put himself out there, which is hard when you’ve been rejected so many times.”
According to Tampa Bay Times, at least two families have inquired about Davion, but none have come forward to adopt.