Neighbors who come to Bluffton Self Help requesting assistance provided through our basic need’s program can receive help rather quickly. Thanks to our generous donors, it’s usually a matter of days or a couple of weeks before Bluffton Self Help can provide relief to those who need it. The food, diapers, funds for emergency financial assistance, or clothes we distribute are collected, stored, and ready to share once someone requests them.
However, when neighbors come to Bluffton Self Help through our education and career development programs, they are setting a long-term goal. Learning a second language, obtaining citizenship, or earning a GED is no easy task they can complete in just a few days or weeks. It is a process that will require effort, perseverance, energy, time investment, dedication, and patience. Joining our education program is something that looks more like running a marathon, not a sprint.
Once a student joins our ESL, GED, Adult Basic Education, or citizenship classes, they must be willing to put in the work. Improvement in literacy or other skills won’t be something that happens during their first week. Patience in seeing results is key and necessary for everyone: from our donors to education staff and volunteers, and of course, students. But that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate the small wins along the way; when a mother can advocate for her child at school without an interpreter; when someone passes a GED subject test; when a neighbor learns to send their first email; or the first day of a new job.
As with the rest of our programs and services, this is a group effort, and everyone must trust the process. We are so proud of the progress we have seen in our students during the 2022-2023 Academic Year. Bluffton Self Help will continue to empower and walk alongside them during the new 2023-2024 Year.