This month’s inspirational story is unique in nature. Typically, we enjoy sharing stories from the field of those we serve and lives we help to improve. This month, our community spotlight shines inside our office. Sometimes, the work we do…while rewarding, can be stressful and difficult given the subject matter of our programs. The nearly three-year budget crisis certainly didn’t help matters as many more individuals turned to us for dependability and reason. As such, we had to lean on each other in order to draw our own dependability and reason. Most days, we were all we had. Some days, we preferred it that way. At the end of each day though, we still leave the office thanking one another for a job well done, expressing our admiration for each other and looking forward to the next day’s challenges and successes…together. We sit in offices collectively developing methods that will best serve those less fortunate than us. We pause to verbally acknowledge how grateful we are to do what we do and we laugh as often as we can and dig deep for strength when it’s required. We take a very serious approach to everything we do while, with a nudge and a wink, know that we can’t ever take ourselves too seriously. Our work far extends past 5:00 PM and begins far before 9:00 AM. To us, the past is an important place to learn from but not the best place to live in. As our Orange Arrow promptly reminds us, we move forward quickly but deliberately. We depended on each other, we value each other and we care about each other. To us, that’s inspiration enough. I want to thank my staff for their loyalty, hard work, vision, toughness and devotion to a cause much bigger than ourselves. They are the “silent partners” of those they serve. Quietly helping and serving while not receiving nor ever asking for something as basic and fundamental as a “thank you”. I thank them as they keep me grounded, motivate me, teach me and encourage me to be my best self. Together, we all do this…for each other. As we say, there’s no “I” in ICCS!
-Jason Gyure, Executive Director