Destination Impact

Remembering those who helped us reach our destination!

At FRCA’s Destination Impact Gala 2019, our Board President, John Orr asked guests to write about the Destination Impact in their lives of a person, event, or circumstance that made it possible for them and/or their family to change their Destination and succeed. Here’s some of the responses we received:

For the last 16 years, my home visitor from Starpoint, Patty
Webb, has helped me believe I could be anything, including a great parent!

My father and mother gave me insight into the value of
education and the necessity to give back to others.

My track coach, Coach Burke. He told me I could do better…
so I did.

My oldest brother and school teachers influenced me most.

My influence was a family that took me in as their foster
child when I was on the wrong path at age 13.

My parents provided opportunities to me and supported my
desire to go to college. My mom was a banker and she knew all about financial
aid so that I could go to a small private school. They have always supported
what I have wanted to do within financial boundaries.

My father encouraged me to chase my dreams with integrity, honesty, and hard work. My mother was a role model and a strong, committed, and self-reliant individual who taught me not to be discouraged by my gender or race.

I am here because of my amazing grandparents who guided me,
encouraged me to be my best, work hard, and appreciate.

The women in my husband’s family show that education is
power, balance is possible between work and family and that being a strong
woman is a beautiful thing.

When choosing a college, my dad encouraged me to not be
afraid to make the best decision for myself and not be held back by fears of
things like leaving home.

I had patient parents who were there for me even after my
many poor choices.

My father was the first to graduate from college, I was the
second. He spent countless hours of time with me.

University of Colorado gave me the opportunity to go to
college as an underserved child of a single father making $26k per year.

My life and schooling would not have been the same if my
parents hadn’t sent me to a great school.

When I was young, I wrecked my car. A friend from church
offered me his truck until I could figure things out. This generous offer
allowed me to keep my job, earning a paycheck that gave me the ability to save
up so I could recover faster. I always look to imitate his example.

My father always said, “My daughter will stand on her own
two feet, be a professional, and not have to depend on any man, ever, not even

I’m inspired by Suzanne Crawford, who is fearless and speaks
with power and by Dayna Scott who is adventurous.

I was blessed as a child to have two strong and dependable
parents who showed love and support.

A.J. talked to me as a peer and a professional even though
she was 50+ years my senior. She is experienced, wealthy, educated, and humble.
Because of her partnership I am who I am today.

My mom, my math teacher, Mr. Prall, my coworkers.

I received unconditional love from my parents and had a
teacher who instilled pride in doing great work.

The person that has impacted my life the most is my husband.
From an early age he experienced both nurturing opportunities as well as quite
a bit of trauma. Over the course of 25 years knowing him, he has always strived
to overcome. This became most challenging after serving in the military and
deploying to Afghanistan. The trauma, injuries, and addiction that resulted
almost killed him. Through it all he persevered. He now advocates for veterans
and civilians with PTSD, fights to change legislation, and inspires everyone he
meets. He is my hero.

My parents were loving and supportive. They taught me to
seek positivity in life and in others. The individuals with special needs that
I work with inspire me daily. They remind me of the pureness of joy and how to
be brave.

Hard work; yearning; family; persistence

My elementary school English & Grammar teacher, Mrs.
Dillon, introduced me to the value and power of communications, literature, and

My father, who said I could do anything I wanted to do.

My grandparents were strong people who grew up very poor,
but strived hard to live a good life and loved their family. They taught me to
love and to be tolerant of others.

My friend, Melissa Kennedy, showed me that I have more
strength than I realize.

My wife, Denise; and tonight’s speaker, Missy Kennedy.

Coach Tighe told me to give 150% in whatever you do in life!

My mom and dad raised me to believe I could do anything I
set my mind to.

During my life I’ve been influenced by the great teachers
I’ve had.

I’m inspired by Edwina Salazar who is always calm under
pressure and Dayna Scott who finds the humor in everything.

My dad and mom and my husband, Bill.

I succeeded thanks to encouragement in my education and personal
development from my college professor, Donna Souder. When I was doing terrible
in school, she told me, “There is nothing you can do to meet your classmates,
you’re too far behind.” I was so upset, but it motivated me to get in gear and
say, “That’s not true, I can do this.” I went from a 2.0 GPA to a 3.4 within
three semesters. I made the Dean’s List every year until I graduated and even
went with Professor Souder on my first trip abroad. Two years later, I served
as a Peace Corps volunteer in China and now I do marketing and event
coordination for Cripple Creek. She’s been as influential as my parents.

My grandfather, who stepped in when my father left- and
helped me to think big.

Myself, my family, my friends, my teachers.

We applaud the attendees who participated and helped shine a light on how Family Support and Strengthening can help all families succeed.  We are proud to be part of this mission to support our Member Centers and the families they serve throughout the state.

Here’s a Word Cloud of some of the most used words in this Destination Impact activity!
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