Our last day before we close for the holiday break saw both a happy and a bittersweet goodbye. One of the students in our on-site GED Plus program passed her GED test, and received a standing ovation in the courtroom with a special thanks from her teacher and Judge Calabrese. Now that she has her GED, she is planning on building the baking business she recently started.
The other goodbye is not a true goodbye, but today was Viviana Gordon's last day in Red Hook before she moves on to a new position with our sister project, the Brownsville Community Justice Center. Viviana started in Red Hook over four years ago as an Avodah member in our clinic, and most recently served as the Program Coordinator of our AmeriCorps service program, the New York Juvenile Justice Corps. She has been an amazing colleague, an inspiration and resource to the Red Hook community through her work coordinating commnity service projects and running the Red Hook Youth Baseball League, as well as a great friend. We will miss her, but look forward to seeing the wonderful work she's sure to do in Brownsville.