Brighton Center

Success Stories

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.

Ron Brighton Properties

Meet Ron, a resident at Saratoga Place through Brighton Properties.

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Jennifer Brighton Recovery Center

"I am most proud that I finished something in life. I know that this would have not been possible without Brighton's staff. There is no way to say thank you enough for caring about us when you didn't even know us."

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Alex W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Brighton Center's Step Forward program, funded through W.K. Kellogg Foundation, supports mothers and their children to gain opportunities to achieve economic stability. Alex, a Step Forward participant, talks about her success in the program. 

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"Finding out about Center for Employment Training completely changed my life because I am finally taking those steps that I always wanted to take." -Stacy

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Katelynn Elliot

"Brighton Center taught me that if I never try, I am never going to get further in life. The fear of failing held me back for a long time, but I didn't use it as an excuse and I kept pushing through." -Katelynn Elliot

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Sheila Bell

Sheila’s mother always told her, “Regardless of what you decide to do in life, your work ethic reflects who you are; if you flip burgers be the very best at it.”

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Susan Embs

Susan Embs found Brighton Center four years ago after she had retired from teaching for thirty years. Knowing she wanted to give back to the community, she began looking for opportunities to help in any way that she could. When a friend introduced her to RSVP, a program for retired individuals, giving back through Brighton Center was an easy decision.

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Life was pretty scary after my dad was injured at work and we had no income. We were always trying to budget with the savings we had but it only got us so far. When we found Brighton Center, my family was really struggling financially. Brighton Center helped us get food on the table, get presents during the holidays, and get clothing on our backs.

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My earliest memories of Brighton Center came when I was a small child. Growing up, money was continuously an issue because I lived in a low-income household.

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Maryam grew up in Iran in a family that recognized the value of education, always pushing her to succeed. When Maryam was accepted to medical school at the age of 18, her father was ecstatic. He died a year later, changing Maryam’s life forever.

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