THE 2002 BCOC GRADUATION
BCOC held its 2002 Graduation on Monday, May 20th at the James-Lorah
Memorial Home in Doylestown.
Over 170 people
were in attendance to honor the fifteen families that graduated
from the Economic Self-Sufficiency Program (ES).
no longer receive government assistance and are now financial independent.
These individuals have overcome a variety of obstacles including
abuse, homelessness and unemployment.
The night was
filled with many emotional moments, including the presentation of
the Mark Worthington Award to Lillian Zook, an ES Graduate who escaped
an abusive relationship, gained sole custody of her two children
and now has a steady job and is about to buy a home.
speaker for the evening was Jim Donovan, a local author and motivational
speaker, who is also a BCOC volunteer.
Jim led a rousing,
cheering, applauding crowd that greeted the 2002 graduates of the
ES Program. The most poignant moment in his address came when he
asked each of the graduates to stand as the audience rewarded their
achievements with thunderous applause and foot stomping. The overwhelming
encouragement from the crowd left the graduates beaming.
concluded by encouraging the graduates to keep setting goals and
pursuing their dreams. Attendees included donors, board members,
staff and family and friends of the graduates. Local media was invited
to the event and a story of the 2002 Graduation was featured in
the May 21st Our Town section of the Intelligencer.