Ryan, a parishioner at St. Stephen Catholic Community in Winter Springs, is soon to earn the rank of Eagle Scout as a member of Boys Scouts of America Troop 787. A requirement for the rank is to plan, raise money, oversee and complete a project that will help one’s community. Ryan chose rebuilding closets and other storage facilities for Pathways to Care, a respite center dedicated to providing healthcare, housing and hope to Central Florida’s vulnerable homeless population of men, women and veterans in need of a safe place to heal from serious illness or injury.

The project, which began in November 2016, was completed the last week of June. Ryan said, “I did this project because my church, St. Stephens Catholic Church, is heavily involved with this facility and I have learned a lot about it. I knew that it would benefit people that really needed help.”

With help from his troop members and family, several medical storage closets and other storage facilities that had fallen into disrepair were rebuilt, enabling the residents “to be served faster, because the staff can easily find medical equipment, clothing and other needs quickly,” said Ryan. “It made me feel very good that I was helping the less fortunate,” he added.