May 17, 2017
David Santa Fe of Urbana was honored at the Illinois Association of Community Action Agencies (IACAA) Annual Learning Conference in Springfield. The RPC’s No Limits program named Santa Fe as its 2017 Family of Distinction awardee, an honor recognizing a family or individual who has overcome great personal and social obstacles in their pursuit of self-sufficiency with the assistance of a Community Action Agency.
The IACAA’s 40 member agencies, which includes the RPC, select individuals or families to be celebrated during a banquet for embodying many of the characteristics of stability. These characteristics include employment, education and cognitive development, income and asset building, housing, health and social/behavioral development, and civic engagement and community involvement. Awardees typically embody at least three of the six areas of stability. The celebratory banquet took place on the evening of Sunday, May 7.
“David is a hard-working person that decided to start over from the very beginning, in a different country, with a new language, and with no family or friends around,” says Pilar Ahuerma, Santa Fe’s case manager at the RPC. “The best of this story is that he is not afraid about future challenges.”
Along with being a full-time student at the University of Illinois, Santa Fe works full-time for the Urbana Country Club. He also works weekends and for special events at a catering business. He says his main goal is to continue his education and obtain a bachelor’s degree in Communications in the next three years. Upon graduating, he would like to move to Miami, Florida.
The RPC’s No Limits program helps qualifying members of the Champaign County community improve their quality of life. Families and individuals work with case managers to establish relationships based on mutual respect, trust, responsibility and hope in order to bring about a higher level of self-sufficiency. Members of the RPC’s Community Action Board, which serves as an advisory board for the RPC, chose Santa Fe as the 2017 Family of Distinction awardee. The No Limits program recognized several other families in different areas of achievement, including the Workforce Award, Achievement in Education, Financial Success, Housing Stability, the Wellness Award and Community Engagement.
The IACAA’s 2017 Annual Learning Conference took place from May 7-10 at the Wyndham Springfield City Centre in Springfield. The opening session featured United States Senator Dick Durbin.