(L-R): Katharine Morris and Daniel Trust at Triangle Community Center's Visionary Gala in 2017.
Life is very interesting. Just when you think it’s the end of the world because you are going through so much—something good happens to you—that has always been the story of my life.
This year has been very kind to me, but it has also been very challenging.
Leading an award-winning youth development nonprofit organization that is making a big impact in the community is not the easiest thing to do. As much as it seems like I have everything together, the reality is, I don’t. I still have moments where I doubt myself and fear that I might fail.
But, just when I feel like I’m not doing enough, something good happens.
Last week, I received a surprise phone call from my friend Anthony Crisci, who serves as the Executive Director of Triangle Community Center in Norwalk, Connecticut and is a member of Daniel Trust Foundation’s Advisory Board and Monthly Giving Program.
Anthony called to let me know that Triangle Community Center Board of Directors had selected me to receive the Marge Foster Commitment to Service Award at the organization’s 12th Annual Visionary Gala on September 29th in Stamford, Connecticut and wanted to know if I would accept the award.
If you know me, you know I said “Oh My God” like a million times. I was so shocked and surprised as I was not expecting to receive such a prestigious award at this moment.
Anthony told me that Marge Foster was a volunteer at Triangle Community Center and gave back to other organizations supporting the LGBTQ community and those living with HIV/AIDS. He said Marge exemplified service at its very best, demonstrating compassion and dedication for the causes she supported and the people who needed her help.
I’m so honored to be receiving this award from Triangle Community Center.
Triangle Community Center directly serves the LGBTQ community in Fairfield County. When a young adult in Norwalk is kicked out of their home simply for who they are, TCC is there for them. Working out of a new drop-in facility that provides a safe space off the streets, TCC works directly with these individuals to get them placed in a housing program that affirms their identity.
As an advocate for low-income youth, especially those that identify as first generation college students, refugees and members of the LGBTQ community, I admire the work Anthony and his team do at TCC. When I accept this award on September 29th, I will accept it on behalf of all the young people that I have worked with who are afraid to live their true lives because of the fear of being rejected and disowned by their families and communities.