Other students, including LeeAnn Farr and Jacob Hamilton, agreed in saying that the luncheon was very inspirational and beneficial to the citizens who attended.
Jefferson Senior Leadership was very thankful for the experience that they acquired.
“Talking to the people that attended the lunch, and hearing all of their stories was very interesting,” Hamilton said. The clients that the event sponsored are citizens of Ashtabula county that have challenges such as mental illnesses, alcohol or drug history, or other issues that prevent them from being able to manage their finances independently. “Volunteering at this event made me realize all that we have to be grateful for, and it allowed us to give back to the county the best that we could,” said Farr. The Catholic Charities staff was just as thrilled to have Jefferson students on their team for the day. Jennifer Cleveland, the supervisor of Protective Services, was in charge of planning the day. She viewed the event as helping to make the holidays special for those who don’t have a lot of material resources and the chance to see that even those who struggle the most have something to offer us, whether it be a beautiful voice, a sense of humor or expert organizational skills. “If those who attended the event are smiling and eating, then it was a great success,” Cleveland said. And a great success it was. The students, staff and clients all enjoyed the experience and were rewarded in some form. The students were rewarded with a sense of pride that they were able to give back to their hometown. The Catholic Charities staff was rewarded by planning another successful event that benefited their clients. The clients were rewarded with a great meal, a warm atmosphere and the feeling of hope.