We don't get the easy cases, but that makes the victories so much more meaningful. So I thought I would take a moment, and share a tremendous victory for our team.
This afternoon I attended an STC discharge meeting for a client who has met tremendous adversity in his life. Through losses of services and lack of staff, to medical problems and a void of natural supports this gentleman has every right to be exhausted. But the man I saw today was full of hope and laughter, happiness and joy. He spoke a great deal about how his coordinators always have his back, the resource center is a place of refuge, and how STC has given him the tools to be a better person. It seemed the perfect example of how we as a team, working in solidarity with one another, can bring about great change.
We all work so hard, we get frustrated, and it becomes easy to convince yourself that we aren't making progress. But please believe me when I say that what we do matters. What each of you do, matters.
I want to leave you with a quote from this gentleman from the end of the meeting. At the time he was speaking to Karen and Kerri, but in truth I believe he was speaking to all of us:
"Miss Karen (STC Coach) has made me a better person, I learn so much from her. I was at the resource center and a guy there that never played any games wanted to play a game with me. It taught me that I had a positive effect on the people around me. When I have bad days, my coordinators always have my back and they support me. I like to learn and believe that if you don’t learn nothing, you won’t be nothing. I’m going to continue to use these tools. Thank you so much for having this good person be part of my life. I will use this for the rest of my life."
- Ratravis, NC START East Member
I don't think I could have more completely captured the holistic goal of coordination, STC and the resource center if you gave me a thousand years to think about it.
Thank you everyone, for all the things you do.
C. Shane Miller, NC START East Coordinator