WORD ON THE STREET
Due to being able to receive the Rising Above Scholarship, I was able to not only get the supplies and textbooks I needed, but I was able to go into the semester with more focus. Not having to worry about whether or not I was able to get my textbooks for class, I was able to focus on doing well in class. Without this scholarship, I would have spent my semester worrying about being able to afford the things I needed during the semester. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to put those worries aside so I could excel in my studies.
The program helped me with culinary class at Open Gate International. They helped me to have a new job and I've met my goal to become a Disneyland cast member.
Delivering food, providing rides in the community or attending outings coordinated by case managers has opened a window to a world I would have never known. At these events, I see the faces of perseverance, strength and hope. I am very grateful to be a part of this very important program that gives these individuals what they deserve, a chance.
I see a program very involved with seeking ways to give them a new start, help them have hope for a new, better life and regain their self-esteem and confidence. I commend the Task Force and their labor of love and dedication that is so needed in this trying time of need.
Working with the Task Force has humbled me in ways I cannot express. I have been blessed to witness countless organizations and individuals bring hope and salvation to the victims. Every chance I have to be involved has helped me grow in my faith and as a person. The joy of spending time with the survivors, laughing and feeling the excitement they now have for a better life - you cannot put a price on that.