Congratulations to Transitions Thrift Store in Urbana, Illinois for being honored as the 2013-2014 Business of the Year by Cunningham Children's Home.
Transitions was in good company Thursday afternoon as Cunningham Children's Home recognized 29 local community organizations and business partners that provide our students with vocational and life skill learning opportunities through the Vocational Education Program.
During the event, Vocational Coordinator Mary Garman shared a story which emphasizes the importance of these work experience for our students:
"I had a conversation with one of our older youth about his work history with the vocational program. It was a rather long list which indicated that the student moved from job to job. I looked at the first job which he had only been on for three days and asked, "What happened with this job?" The student said, "I didn't feel like showing up so I lost the job."
The same happened with the second job, but I noticed that the student held the third job for three months. I asked, "What happened with this one?" and the student said, "I started to shine." I asked him what he meant and he said that he learned if he lost a job he had to sit and wait because there were so many other students who wanted it. So he told me, "I want to shine and shine so much that I could go to the really awesome off-campus job sites. They really make me feel like I shine."
So we say thanks to all of these businesses and organizations for giving our youth a chance to shine!
2013-2014 Business Partners:
Champaign County Convention Center and Visitors Bureau
Champaign County Habitat for Humanity Restore
Champaign County Humane Society
Champaign Public Library
City Girl Yogurt
County Market - Philo Road
County Market - Glen Park Drive
County Market - Rantoul
Crosswinds Rescue Center
Cunningham Children's Home Kitchen
Cunningham Children's Home Supply
Eastern Illinois Food Bank
First United Methodist Child Care Center
Orphan's Treasure Box
Rantoul County Market
Salt and Light
Sola Gratia Farm
Stone Creek Food Pantry
U of I Florida Avenue Residence Dining Hall
Urbana Free Library
Vineyard Food Pantry