Macdonald Center isn't one big story. We’re made up of hundreds of smaller stories, many of them like this wonderful encounter from yesterday.
I was on my way to a meeting and stopped in the community room to visit with some of our members. Allan, who is a relatively new member, looked up from his cup of coffee and said to me, “Hey Jon, guess what? I graduated today.” I asked him from what. And he proudly said “I finished my GED—it took me three months but I did it—cap and gown, the whole nine yards!” I congratulated him and commented that he must be proud of himself. “It feels great,” he said “I do feel really proud of myself.”
Allan’s story is like so many of our other members. A tough life punctuated by bad decisions, bad breaks and hard times.
But today at 52, almost 35 years after he would have graduated, Allan has a GED and plans for the future. His goals are to get a job and an apartment. In the long term, he’d like to go to college to become a Certified Nursing Assistant.
And Allan’s advice to others? “Just go for it, it’s never too late to better yourself. And hopefully it’s on to bigger and better things now!”
Congratulations Allan, we agree!