When I was in college, I was an independent student who needed a full-time job in order to remain at school. While there were plenty of opportunities available for college students in the retail, restaurant, and entertainment industries, I wanted to do something more. A visit to my local career center acquainted me with a variety of assisted living and direct support projects that were always in need of help.
My first college job was with S&S Development, a company with the primary goal of helping those with mild to severe developmental disabilities have the best quality of life that they could. In the long run, this was the most rewarding experience I’ve ever had in my whole life. It wasn’t just a job, it was an opportunity for me to learn what it meant to really care for others and to see them succeed and be happy, no matter what their limitations.
This experience is one of the many reasons why I was so happy to support The Mission Project and First Downs for Down Syndrome at a recent KC Blogger event honoring the 6th Annual Run for the Roses Kentucky Derby Gala and Auction.
This was my first event with the KC Bloggers and I can’t even begin to say how welcoming all of the local bloggers were. I was so very happy to meet some new friends, all while enjoying the venue – the Tulip Boutique located at the Country Club Plaza. Robin, the owner of Tulip, was a real pleasure to speak with and you can tell how proud she is that she has been able to open up a second location at the Plaza.
Here are just a few of my favorite pictures from the event, and I have to say, I was ecstatic to finally have the perfect venue to wear my new Forever 21 colored skinnies!
For more information on the event, be sure to head over to The Mission Project’s website.