Brighton Center at its very core is a community based agency. The people in our community and their needs are the driving force behind the work we do. Trends and fads will come and go, but Brighton Center will always provide services the community needs and wants. Every day, Brighton Center works to engage all members of the community from young children to seniors so that real change can become reality. Every one of them has a story worth sharing... the following are just a few.
In 2005, I was attending college to get my law degree. I had big dreams for my education until one day my world changed. On my way to school I was thrown through my windshield by a drunk driver. The driver crossed four lanes of traffic and hit me head on. Instead of making it to class that day, I was rushed to the hospital with severe brain trauma.Continue reading »
Since 2016, Brighton Center and Newport Independent Schools have been awarded the STEM Bicycle Club through The Greater Cincinnati STEM collaborative. This partnership provides Brighton Center the opportunity to host a Bike Club in the spring for the teens in Newport. This “heads on, hands on” project engages middle school students for 10 weeks in the after-school environment. During the club, students break down and re-assemble bicycles that they also get to keep when they are finished.Continue reading »
I had my daughter at 16. Even though she changed my life for the better, it was a struggle. I lost friends, fought battles, was judged by many, but one thing I knew, I didn’t want to become another statistic. I had to break the odds that were against me. I didn’t think I could ever make it on my own, but I am here doing it. I am unbreakable right now.Continue reading »
I lost my husband in 2012. My income was basically cut in half which made it difficult to make ends meet on a fixed retirement. The bills were still there but the money was not. A couple years after the loss of my husband, I had to have major surgery that pushed me back more. I needed to locate resources that could help me get back on my feet and I turned to Brighton Center.Continue reading »
I have been receiving Brighton Center services for two years; utilizing their emergency assistance program two or three different times. I did a good job keeping my family above water while my husband was away for a while. Then, my car broke down. I had to have two very major repairs which put me in a hole but I needed a car to get to and from work. My mother-in-law volunteers at Brighton Center and encouraged me to utilize the emergency assistance program to help stock my food cabinets, get on my feet, and save money to pay bills.Continue reading »
I first discovered Bright Days when my oldest son was three months old. We had recently lost his father and I needed to return to work. A day care facility was three blocks over from where I was living. It was close and convenient. After touring the facility I decided to give it a trial run. I was a single mom at the time and never left my son with a stranger so it was nerve wrecking. You don’t know the people that work there or how well they will treat your child.Continue reading »
I never envisioned recovery. Every fiber in my body was scared of what’s next and that’s what restricted me from recovering in the past. I couldn’t deal with all the pain I’ve caused from this monster called addiction, I just wanted to be numb. But I did it and if I can do it, anyone can do it.Continue reading »