Ada in Action: Ada’s Story

This week we’re sharing a heartfelt letter we received from one of our clients. We love this type of feedback!

The Ada Jenkins Center,
It is with a huge sense of gratitude that I now write this long overdue note of praise and appreciation to the staff and volunteers at The Ada Jenkins Community Center. I am in awe of the kindness, warmth, compassion, sensitivity, and love that I have been shown through such a difficult season of my life’s journey.

I have always found it very difficult to ask for help or to accept help from others. Many days I found myself in tears because I was in pain and in great need but yet, I did not want to go to a social service agency for help. Someone suggested that I go to Ada Jenkins. I was embarrassed, truly embarrassed. I never thought I would find myself without employment, no food, no financial resources, and a plethora of other problems on top of those already named. I felt that I could not have gotten any smaller as a human being. I felt defeated.

God gave me the strength to go to Ada Jenkins. The strength and push from God was exactly what I needed, even though I cried through most of the trip. When I reached The Ada Jenkins Center, I was in awe of the strength I felt from the staff and volunteers. Please forgive me for identifying just a few of the people who touched my life in a way that I will never forget. Jenni, Cara, Michelle and Julie … pulled me out of my nightmare. I didn’t feel as if I was just a number to them. I felt as if I were a person that they cared about with great conviction. They treated me as if they had known me for years. They listened to my story and didn’t turn away from my tears. I was grieving, and they allowed me to do that.

It is important to understand that it is difficult for me to write just a few lines about my experience with The Ada Jenkins Center. I am so grateful that this human services agency exists. As I’ve waited in the reception area for an appointment or for services, I have been amazed by the staff and volunteers who have handled some “trying” clients with such professionalism and patience. I don’t know if I could ever work in social services without a high degree of burnout or other issues. Yet, I have never seen staff and volunteers display any degree of frustration, impatience, or lack of concern.

I will end now with the greatest THANK YOU that I can ever say. Those words, however, are not enough to convey my appreciation and gratitude to everyone at Ada Jenkins for seeing me through a horrendous storm.

Life is slowly getting better for me. I may still need some assistance from The Ada Jenkins Center, but I won’t be as timid about calling on my friends at Ada Jenkins for help.

May God Bless All of You,
Ada Watson-White

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