On May 20, 2012 a young woman, Alicia, walked with confidence across the graduation stage to receive her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science at John Carroll University.
When Alicia first came to the Thea Bowman Center as a six year old girl for the Saturday hot meal and activities for kids, this story might not have seemed likely. Yet, Alicia returned to TBC many times for activities; library trips for books, played the saxophone and learned to sew in the 4-H Club. By the time she was a teenager,
she was part of the volunteer corps assisting with the children’s activities. That part of her story is not so unusual and people who have come to the Thea Bowman Center to receive services are often generous in their wish to help others as well.
Alicia echoes the thoughts of other volunteers when she says “service to others provides fulfillment in both directions: you learn as much as you give.”
It has been said, it takes a village to raise a child; Alicia says “the Thea Bowman Center has been her village. A community of hope and encouragement is the Thea Bowman Center.”
Alicia will attend graduate school this fall to pursue a Master’s Degree in Non-Profit and hopes to one day become a judge.