Class of December 2010
Zach N. arrived at The Family Foundation School on September 4, 2009, two days after his younger brother Jordan and graduated in December of 2010.
Zach N. was placed in Betton House and given Tommy Cummings as a sponsor. He remained in the same family and kept his sponsor his entire 16-month stay. His biggest help throughout his time at The Family Foundation School was his friend, and fellow Betton-House member Max Z.
During his time at The Family Foundation School, Zach N. participated in Dog Training, and played his violin for The Family Singers, The Family Foundation School’s chorus. He also accompanied them to Hershey Park in the spring of 2010 to play with them during their adjudication at the North American Music Festival.
While attending The Family Foundation School, Zach’s biggest struggle was giving up his control. “I needed to learn how to ‘Let Go and Let God.’”
Zach N. said that his stay at The Family Foundation School was relatively easy, “My stay was pretty smooth. Sometimes I wish that it wasn’t, maybe I could have learned more and had to pick up less on the outside” He does, however, say, “I was lucky.”
Another struggle for Zach was turning 18 three months into his stay. He said that he decided not to leave, “because I wanted help, and I knew there was a lot more I had to find out. I needed to learn about myself and life in general.
He also has many fond memories from his stay at The Family Foundation School and his friends in Betton House. Zach shared two funny memories he has carried with him from his time at the school. “I remember when Adam S. had a creamer in his mouth, and it exploded and got all over Emily Mc. and almost hit Panava all the way at the head table.”
Now that he has left, Zach is living in Vermont, and working at the Vermont Teddy Bear Company and has a second job at the gym he attends. He will also be starting college in the fall at Canisius.
He says that the hardest part about leaving is being alone in a new area. However, he is enjoying the real life experiences he is having, “I am taking the tools that I got [at The Family Foundation School] to learn about life on life’s terms.”
For fun, Zach plays the violin and skis. His advice to the newcomer is, “Stay in the day, find small things that make you happy, and take it one step at a time.”