November 13, 2012
Sarah Heinz House is not just a non-profit organization, or a Boys and Girls Club. It is a home, and with in a home is a family i have had there since i was 6 years old. From the start Heinz was always a place i could go and grow and be accepted for who i was. I was like a little seed put in a pot of dirt with many others who were there with me. From there we started to grow into young role models and strong independent individuals. Everyone grew at a different pace but that was never a problem because the other members, older members and staff were always there to help you. As we got older our leaves started to bloom and we were given opportunities kids cant even dream about. We were able to get a volunteer job whether it was for a gym class, a club program...but in our eyes, it didn't really matter because we just loved to be engaged and get involved with all the members. Soon we started to step out more on our own. We were always unique and different in our own ways, but hitting the teenage years really brought us to our peak. As a 14 year old I was able to get a job as a locker room attendant. Some can complain and cry that it was stupid. But in my eyes no job was stupid and i was thankful for the opportunity to even have a job at 14 and so were many of my other friends. But Heinz was not always about jobs and volunteering, it was about getting involved with activities and making new friends, and that is exactly what i did. At 6 years old i joined the gymnastics program, I was apart of gymnastics for 11 years and spent my childhood growing up with some amazing people. Some went there own way...but for others who have stayed we aren't just friends we are brothers and sisters to each other. I cannot explain to how much the Staff down Heinz truly means to me. In my life they were my gymnastics coach, gym teacher, swim instructor, but most of all my friend and someone i could talk to. Without them or Heinz, i really cant tell you where I'd be in life. I am so grateful that my parents dropped me off at Heinz those 12 years ago. It would have been very unfortunate to have lived my life only for myself and not spreading my horizons and being able to be there for someone and give them hope or a smile for the day at the club. You never truly know whats going on in someones life and thats why you can never just judge from what you see. Everyday when i went down Heinz I strived to be a role model and tried to be the best I could be. But most of all, it always made my day to be someone they looked up to, or was there when they needed help or someone to talk to, but most of all just to see a smile on there face.
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