Zipping around on a golf cart on a beautiful campus tucked away in wine country, Carlos Luna Contreras was quite literally at home. Carlos was leading KPIX 5 on a tour of Hanna Boys Center in Santa Rosa. He grew up here. When he came to Hanna, Carlos was an 8th grader with a troubled home life. His father worked 7 days a week and his relationship with his mother was rocky. The young man came to Hanna not knowing what to expect.

By Christin Ayers

SANTA ROSA (KPIX 5) — “It is like a world within another world,” recalled Carlos.

It was a new world, one where Carlos could do things he had never done before, like take his first trip to Alcatraz. And he made friends with the staff, like his dorm supervisor Trisha Goodwin.

“He was very quiet, very shy,” recalled Goodwin. “But for whatever reason pretty quickly on sort of saddled up to me and just seemed to get me. Our personalities matched.”

Goodwin became like a second mom to Carlos, helping him get one of his first jobs, managing the basketball team.

“He didn’t know what a rebound was,” Goodwin recalled with a laugh. “He didn’t know anything. But he stuck with it.”

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