This experience has been beyond amazing; I have learned so much about the human spirit, perseverance, determination and resilience. I have met so many wonderful people in Detroit who have shown me that they are determined to make Detroit a thriving, successful, wonderful city again and they have also shown me that it will happen. During the day today I had the pleasure of meeting two wonderful human beings - Ed and Robert - who are associated with CASS. Ed is the operations manager of CASS Green Industries and Robert is a formerly-homeless employee of Green Industries.
Both men inspired me by their belief in the city of Detroit and in their belief in the strength and grit of the citizens of Detroit. I really connected with Robert, though, because of his positive attitude/worldview and his inspiring story. Robert was homeless and addicted to drugs before he found CASS and, as they say, the rest is history; he is an active member in the CASS community working at Green Industries, living in the CASS permanent apartment complex, speaking at CASS dinners/events, etc. Robert is an excellent example of a success story where resources were sought-out and provided and a person was able to completely change their life and be so thankful for the changes they made. Robert is an inspiration and is someone I will never forget about.
Detroit is a wonderful city that has an immense amount of potential and I believe in Detroit!
FSU Class of 2015