Trista felt very alone and trusted no one when she came to ODC. She had no self-confidence or sense of self-worth, and she was sure she was a failure. Her anxiety consumed her life, and she was fearful of people looking at her or even hurting her.
With the support of ODC staff and a deep-down determination, Trista gained confidence. She found out that people believe in her.
When Trista started a temporary job at the Merrill Area Chamber of Commerce, she began to blossom. She proved herself to be a quick learner and hard worker, and was soon hired as a permanent employee. She is now able to complete any task her employer gives her, and is able to face people without fear or anxiety.
Trista is a perfect example of what can be achieved with opportunity, support and the desire to succeed.
Congratulations, Trista, on receiving ODC’s 2016 Personal Achievement Award!