Live a fulfilling life by giving back

For Alphonso B. Franco, RHU, RCIS, the pursuit of a balanced life is never something fully achieved, but rather a daily effort. It’s why the 29-year MDRT member from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, is continually finding new ways to spend time with his wife and two sons and do things that bring them happiness and a sense of purpose.

To Franco, giving back means more than just charity work — it means taking in people in need. Franco’s wife used to be a youth counselor, and the couple has become foster parents to more than a dozen kids between the ages of 15 and 17. They usually take in one young woman at a time who needs a safe place to stay and chance to be mentored for about six months to a year. Franco has also brought on one of them to work in his office.

“It’s been one of the most beneficial experiences of my life,” he said. “You can actually see the trajectory of a young person’s life changes. Wherever we could make a difference, we did.”

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