Having visited these organizations, I was inspired by their enthusiasm and success stories. Despite monumental financial difficulties and changing social issues, many remain completely mission-driven, committed to providing essential social services to society. Not only do they serve other people, but many of the founders of these organizations have their own personal stories if having overcome severe hardships in the past. Mr. Kevin Mccracken, a co-founder and chief operating officer at Social Imprints, which is a branding company that provides career opportunities and a living wage, said that he was also one of those people who were helped by “others” and completed a drug and alcohol rehabilitation program at Walden House in the past.
Some social issues are simply too complicated to solve. In spite of that, many policy makers have not given up trying to tackle them. For me, an important moment in my own commitment to this work was a short conversation I had with a homeless man when I participated in VIA’s 2007 program called “Serving American Community (SAC)”.