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“My journey was really hard, but worth it. I’ve been able to help so many people. Five years ago, I came to Back on My Feet. and still I have a real team behind me all the time. It’s a real family.”

— Dexter, Back on My Feet New York, Alum

Rising from Adversity: Dexter’s Journey from Guyana to Freedom, Success, and Advocacy in the U.S.

Dexter grew up in Guyana, where homosexuality is criminalized and he was ostracized and brutally attacked after coming out. Seeking safety and the freedom to be himself, Dexter immigrated to the U.S. and used his culinary arts experience to become an assistant baker.

While living in New York City and applying for asylum, Dexter was injured on the job at a bakery. Without a steady paycheck to pay rent, he found himself homeless. Feeling lost and nervous about his future, Dexter entered a homeless shelter where he was connected to Back on My Feet.

The morning Circle Ups allowed him to meet people and find community. Dexter says they were the first time he “ever knew tolerance.” From career development workshops to financial literacy, Dexter learned valuable information to help him secure a home and another job.

Despite everything, Dexter doesn’t regret his challenges, “My journey was really hard, but worth it. I’ve been able to help so many people. Five years ago, I came to Back on My Feet. and still I have a real team behind me all the time. It’s a real family.”

Since joining Back on My Feet, Dexter has been granted asylum, purchased a house, and now works as a hiring manager for a national healthcare company. He also works part-time as an EMT and volunteers with Caribbean Equality Project, advocating for LGBTQIA+ Caribbeans.

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