Kadadreian Bowen works at Finders Keepers across the street from where his father died when he was 9 years old. He went away briefly to New York after the tragedy, but returned when he was 16.

“I’ve been around and I’ve seen a lot of different places. Here has always been home. This is home.

“Anyone who moved from here, they always end up coming right back. Even some of the Marines, that’s the crazy part. They’ll get out. They’ll leave and go back to their home towns, but they come right back. I don’t know what it is. It’s just a homie place. It’s got a lot of real people here.

“I don’t regret anything I’ve ever done. Even when I’ve gotten in trouble. I don’t regret none of it. At the end of the day it’s a learning experience. If I didn’t do it I wouldn’t learn. So I learned and I grew up.”

"KB," as he is called by friends, has been working at Finders Keepers for three years.

“I love it for the cause. We are with the Onslow Women’s Center against domestic violence and sexual assault. If you go in there we have shirts hanging up. Those shirts all represent a victim who died because of domestic violence and sexual assault. It tells their name, what happened and all of that on there.

“I know people that have been through sexual violence so I love the cause. I could find another job but I love what I do here. It’s benefiting someone. We have a shelter. And those ladies, if they need anything, they come here and they can get it for free.

“When I first started here I had got into some trouble. I got a DWI and I was going to my probation officer, because he’s right around the corner. We were on the other side and my mother went in there while she was waiting on me, because I can’t drive. So when I walked in there, Maria, my manager now, she looked at me. Because I had papers in my hand, she thought I was looking for a job. I said, ‘I’m not looking for a job.’ She told me to just go ahead and fill it out. I was working at McDonald’s and I couldn’t have my beard and I hated it.

“She went ahead and gave me the application and I filled it out and was hired there on the spot.

“Once I finally learned what it was for I was like, ‘Oh ok.’ I wouldn’t leave it for the world.”