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40 Years Ago

Forty years ago, a grieving mother set into motion a national movement that has saved tens of thousands of lives. A drunk driver, out of jail just two days following his fourth drunk driving arrest, had struck and killed Candace Lightner’s 13-year-old daughter Cari as she walked to a church carnival with a friend.

Billie's Story

Billie was born wild in India in 1962. Shortly thereafter, in 1966, she was captured, separated from her family, and exported to Southwick Zoo in Mendon, MA. Like most Asian elephants arriving in America during this era, Billie was expected to spend the majority of her life performing and on exhibit. In 1972, Billie was sold to the Hawthorn Corporation, a company that trained and leased elephants to circuses.

Jason's Story

When Jason began working with the Vermont Legal Aid attorney at Safe Recovery, he was homeless and struggling to stay in treatment at the Chittenden Clinic. Following a referral from his case manager at Safe Recovery, his attorney successfully appealed a subsidized housing denial and ultimately was able to secure a housing voucher and supportive mental health services for Jason and his girlfriend. The voucher ended a 5-year period of homelessness for Jason—a period that led to countless police interactions and traumatic experiences that exacerbated his substance use disorder.

Huma's Story

Achieve Global Impact - One Social Change Leader at a TimeAtlas Corps is founded on the idea that talent exists throughout the world yet opportunity does not. We connected talented global social change professionals to opportunities that include service in the United States and virtual learning programs. We inspire individuals like Huma (Pakistan, Class 30, Host: Halcyon, Current: Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation) who dedicated a year of service in the United States and then return to Pakistan to address local poverty.

Musa's Story

By his own admission, when he first came to The Lion of Judah Academy ("Simba wa Yuda" Academy in Swahili) in 2002, Musa (not his real name) knew very little about Jesus, and wasn't terribly interested in school.

Helping During the Pandemic

As the COVID-19 pandemic took hold, it changed almost every aspect of daily life at Camilla Hall, the convent home and health care center for the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Malvern, PA.Staff and residents wore masks. Visitors and volunteers were no longer allowed to enter the building. As signs of infection appeared, the Sisters were confined to their floor and eventually, to their own rooms, and the isolation was difficult for them.