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This week, Maddie Stewart departs Places for People to enter medical school in pursuit of her dream to become a doctor. The two years Stewart spent at Places for People – first as a volunteer and then as an employee – have made an impact on her future focus. “It’s made me commit to community health as the basis for what I do,” she said.

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In conversation, Jerry can flash a broad, engaging smile. This sight is remarkable considering where Jerry was just 18 months ago.

For three years, Jerry lived on the streets. “It was rough. Can’t eat, can’t sleep. People tell you to get the heck away from them. It was just terrible,” he said. “That world is no joke out there.”