Posted on 18th April 2019 by Andrew South
It is something to bump into a family member of a recently employed onsite staff member, but what's more unique is being pulled aside by that family member;
"I hope you realize the impact that you have had on my brother"
He did not mean impact in the sense of putting his brother into work, but the respect and dignity he received throughout his job search with Agoge. When his brother had lost his hope and confidence in finding a job, both his hope and confidence were able to be restored through being caring.
All it takes is the time to smile, listen and genuinely value people as humans to give them hope.
During the application process the brother felt he was valued and like he mattered. Nothing remarkable or extraordinary needs to be done during this process, it just needs to be done with kindness. The brother was able to avoid feeling like a number or a "solution to a client problem" as he previously had.
Morale of the story: An interaction might not change the world but it could change the world for one person. Even through the hard situations, conversations and interactions people such as the brother enable Agoge to build a legacy. A legacy that everyone would leave feeling a little bit better than they did before meeting us because……… they matter.