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.


My mother was diagnosed with cancer when I was 6 years old so we accessed services on and off from as far back as I can remember. Brighton Center defines stability in my opinion.  My father still tells me stories about how Bob Brewster made sure he had football equipment. Both of my parents always said wonderful things about Brighton Center and I don’t doubt that it had a huge impact on their ability to become self-sufficient and give back in their adult lives.

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Rawe Family

Albert and Anna Rawe instilled a sense of community into their 12 children at a young age.

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George & Jann

George and Jann’s commitment to our mission and impact in the community have been truly remarkable.

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"What has stuck with me through all these years and has led me back to the Brighton Center is, I matter. I can do anything with an amazing support system like Brighton Center behind me." 

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In the late 1960s, I was attending Newport Catholic High School and living on the West End of Newport with my family as the middle child (11th) of 21 kids.

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"If I wasn't running away from home, I was getting kicked out and had a lot of touble and issues at home." 

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Hiromi and Hiroyuki moved to the United States from Japan after Hiroyuki was transferred for work. The family mostly associated with other Japanese families due to speaking limited English. “When I came to America, I wanted to communicate with American people and I wanted to know American culture, but I didn’t have a chance to talk in English, because my English level was very low,” said Hiromi. 

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I found the Department of Community Based Services (DCBS) and Brighton Center’s Center for Employment Training (CET) during a tough time in my life.

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I was born and raised in Sheffield, Alabama and came to live in Newport in 1959. Before coming to Newport, I lived with my brother in Chicago for two years and my sister in Minnesota where I worked  at the Honey Well Factory for the next 10 ½ years. We usually made thermostats, but during WW2 we made hand grenades.  I moved around with different siblings until I came to Newport in 1959. I found out about Brighton Center through my work with Senior Services of Covington as an outreach worker. During my four years as an outreach worker, I got to know about area resources and learned that Brighton Center could help with senior citizen medication. Brighton Center really showed me places to get help so I could help others find needed resources.

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"Just when the hard work was starting to pay off and my lifewas stating to get just a little bit easier, I got a phone call from my doctor and he tells me the one thing no one wants to hear." 

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