"I first became involved with Brighton Center by being invited to join the Board by a Board Member who was ending his term.

I was put on the program Committee and through that learned about all the operations of the Agency. We did evaluations of the programs annually. The thing that brings the most pride to mind is the high standards that this Agency has maintained through the years as it has served the needs of its clients. From its meager beginnings to its tremendous growth, it still keeps its sight set on the people it serves. I remember when the Board made a decision to include one of its clients on the Board in order to hear their needs rather than what the Agency thought they needed.

The impact that most affected me was the year I volunteered for the Used Toy Sale event. The joy in the eyes of the kids to be able to get a Christmas present for their siblings was a sight to behold. As a result I saw bicycles that were for sale for a $.25 that needed air in the tires, chains put back on, and brakes made workable. For the next two or three years I worked under stairwells, in hall ways, and crowed rooms to fix them as much as I could. As a result of that I asked my Church for space to work on Bikes year round. Thus began the bicycle ministry. We have reconditioned hundreds of bicycles and given them to Brighton Center to give to children.

Brighton Center has grown from a very small agency with one full time employee to the largest Social Agency in Northern Kentucky. The services they offer have grown likewise. The quality has remained very very high. It is these qualities that prompt me to continue my support and to encourage others to do likewise.

My message to the Community is this, come spend some time as a volunteer, at the Used Toy Sale, food distribution, or in whatever way you feel comfortable. It will change you in ways you didn't think possible."

Jack Kleier, The Bike Guy

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