When James Buggs was growing up, he had to hustle for lunch money and wore only hand me downs. He got teased and got into fights. When he was 18, he entered the army and turned his anger toward boxing. The sport taught him self-esteem and how to push himself. Years later, he had a similar experience at United Way’s SparkPoint.
James first came to SparkPoint for help looking for a job. He got set up with a financial coach who worked with him with him on his resume, helped him be more professional, and connected him to a jobs program for ex-military. With SparkPoint, he now feels he has a better future.
“I’ve got three kids, and I never want to wait until their shoes are worn out until I replace them,” said James. “I want to do right by my kids, and when you come into SparkPoint, you can’t help but feel like you’re going to move forward. The coaches want to help you and truly want to see you do better.”
Through the jobs program, James earned certification to become a security guard. He’s already picked up some part time work. At the same time, he produced an instructional video about boxing that he hopes will generate additional income.
“What boxing and SparkPoint have in common is that they both make me push myself and challenge myself,” said James. “Anything is possible as long as you believe it’s possible. Nothing is impossible unless you say it is.”