We recently held our first Client Celebration event. While we often celebrate achievements like a clients landing jobs with a ‘Bell Ringing’ at Cincinnati Works or a title hand-off for a client paying off their ChangingGears car loan for example, we haven’t had a formal way of celebrating those brave milestones that are reached along the way to achieving the big goals.
We gathered nearly 200 people made up of clients and their families, volunteers, and staff to celebrate the important milestones clients have reached in their journeys and the perseverance demonstrated on an everyday basis. We celebrated 39 people for improving their education level, passing a portion of the GED or obtaining their GED. We honored 139 people who secured steady, full time employment and reached 3 months, 6 months and 1+ years on the job. And we commended 19 folks who put themselves on a Smart Path towards a brighter economic future through securing their finances with the help of SmartMoney (paying off debt, buying houses, cars and more). And lastly, we celebrated two special volunteers that have been journeying with CityLink from the very beginning.
We are incredibly proud of our clients and volunteers everyday but this was an especially beautiful moment to witness a room filled with the pride and hope of so many that comes from a belief in oneself.
“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.” Ursula K. Le Guin