Mar 8, 2016

'Cirque' outing proves inspiring

Sometimes, our best witnesses are former clients. Several of these youths listened and learned. Join us by giving at

Our clients often say their life on the street is boring, so when a friend offered 25 tickets to a Cirque du Soleil show at the Irwin Center, we jumped at the chance to take a field trip. We took a mix of clients who we believed were ready to make changes in their lives, along with some chaperones, volunteers and former clients who had left the street successfully. Everyone ooh-ed and aah-ed at the amazing acrobatics and glitzy showmanship. Afterward, one client told his social worker, "I decided that very night to go to college. It changed my life." Two attendees were in community college within weeks and a third has since joined them. It was a combination of the testimony from SYM's recovering clients on the bus ride and feeling the “full-of-life" performance of the circus troupe. At least four lives changed direction significantly from the field trip! We try hard to seize opportunities like this for those engaging in life change.

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