Charles was born in Vermont and grew up in Hinesburg. At 18 years old, Charles moved into one of Spectrum’s housing residences, known as King Street at the time. Charles spent three years living at Spectrum and participated in housing and other programs. During his first year at Spectrum, Charles completed his senior year of high school at Champlain Valley Union High School, graduating in 2015.
Following graduation, Charles remained in Spectrum’s housing program and worked at Details Works, where he gained life, work, and communications skills that helped him become self-sufficient and positioned him to begin a long-term career path in teaching.
Today, Charles lives in Hinesburg and works as a daycare provider at Little Tots on the Common in Richmond. He is earning his college degree in Early Childhood Education from CCV and plans to graduate in 2025.