Last Fall when we chatted with Sammamish Chamber’s Deb Sogge, we were struck by her personal story of a time when her family really struggled. We were humbled by her willingness to share how Together Center had personally impacted her life.
We should not have been surprised.
We heard similar stories of troubled times at a gathering today of community leaders offering their assistance. They included spokespeople for major Eastside companies. Elected officials. Civic club leaders. Our own Board of Directors. Gathered for lunch based on their ability to draw other leaders, we heard:
“I lived in my car with a child.”
“After my divorce, I learned that just a little help can make a huge difference.”
“I was raised by a disabled single parent. We survived with welfare and free lunch programs.”
“I’ve used the youth counseling programs at YES, and HealthPoint’s medical services. I am a Together Center client.”
We were humbled once again by the willingness of people to share their stories. Their empathy toward those in need of human services was made all the clearer. They know well: all people need a little help now and then. With supports in place when they are needed, future leaders survive and thrive.