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November 3, 2013

Beatitude House Ashtabula resident receives Ambassador Award at annual dinner in Warren

ASHTABULA — At Beatitude House’s 11th annual Cornerstone Dinner, held on Oct. 13 at DiVieste Banquet Hall in Warren, the accomplishments of Beatitude House women and children as well as the generosity of Cornerstone Society donors were celebrated.

In addition to the general honors, several special awards were presented during the program. One of those, The Ambassador Award, is given each year to one woman in recognition of her achievements and is a show of Beatitude House’s gratitude for her willingness to support the program by her witness.

Elizabeth “Bunnie” Cavallaro was the 2013 recipient of the Ambassador Award, and she graciously shared the story of her success with the audience.

At a later age than many would imagine, Cavallaro found herself sleeping on the streets with no idea of what to do. She had lost her driver’s license and her job and had nowhere to go after the people she’d been staying with were evicted from their house. Fortunately a friend took Cavallaro to Samaritan House where she was referred to Beatitude House’s newly opened transitional housing program in Ashtabula.

During her time at Beatitude House, Cavallaro completed all of the program’s learning modules, attended job training workshops at Job Source, and opened and maintained savings and checking accounts. She is enrolled in a job training program through Mature Services and works at the Senior Center for the Meals on Wheels Program.

Beyond her personal accomplishments, Cavallaro has been invaluable to staff, always willing to mentor new residents, give visitors directions, and open up her apartment for guests of Beatitude House — a true ambassador for the program. And while she will move from Beatitude House into her own apartment soon, she hopes to stay connected to the staff and residents that have changed her life during her stay.

For her honor and appreciation of her willingness to not only share her story, but also step up and help whenever needed, Beatitude House was proud to present her with the 2013 Ambassador Award.

Beatitude House serves homeless and disadvantaged families by creating homes, providing education and fostering healthy families. Currently Beatitude House provides housing and support services for 10 homeless families in Ashtabula County.

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