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     February 28, 2019      #81-59 PB1 1
 
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Preston Halbert, 23, and Acacia Ward, 23, both benefited from a Lutheran Social Services Program called LINK. Halbert said bad decisions after high school had left him homeless and struggling. Ward said the program has helped her find housing and earn a college degree.

Andrew Link / alink@postbul
Social services program helps youths gain life skills

By John Molseed
jmolseed@postbulletin.com


Preston Halbert entered school at North Dakota State after graduating in 2015 from North Community High School in Minneapolis.

Halbert, now 23 and working to complete a two-year degree at Rochester Community and Technical College, admits he was unprepared for college.

Bad grades and bad decisions left him homeless and struggling.

Classes and coursework overwhelmed him. He spent too much time with friends. He also ran up massive credit card debts.

He ...

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John joined the Post Bulletin in May 2018. He graduated from the University of Iowa in 2004 with a BA in Journalism and Japanese. Away from the office, John plays banjo, brews beer, bikes and is looking for other hobbies that begin with the letter âb.â