September 06, 2016
BENEFITING: DR GERTRUDE A BARBER FOUNDATION INC
EVENT: Barber Beast on the Bay 2016
EVENT DATE: Sep 10, 2016
While I was in college, I worked as a Residential Support Associate (RSA) in several of the adult and children group homes within the Gertrude Barber Center. When I first began working in the homes, I had some preconceived ideas of what the residents could & could not do. I admit, I was biased. I had never been around anyone with mental or physical disabilities. What I found out was I had made many assumptions that were incorrect. Everyone I worked with were AMAZING and lived life to its fullest, something I had still not learned to do. Long story short, I learned a great deal about the people I worked with, their disabilities, and their STRENGTHS! But even more so... the residents taught ME a lot about myself. They taught me that the only thing that holds you back from doing what you want, is yourself.
The Gertrude Barber National Institute is an amazing organization that impacts our entire community. I am fundraising in hopes they can continue their services for many years to come.