Reflections from VISION
By Travis Banken, VISION leader
Her name is Angela Rosa Salazar, but she goes by Rocio. She is 33 years old from San Felix, Venezuela and is a certified special education teacher. Rocio is completely deaf in her right ear and uses an aid in her left ear to improve her hearing. While I have yet to meet or speak with Rocio this did not deter me from wanting to help her. I have been asked by Father Greg Schaffer to share my experience with Rocio so others can appreciate the large impact a few people can make on another’s life. I want to emphasize that none of this would have been possible without the generosity of a few individuals as well as local company’s mission to give the gift of sound to the world! This is a story of kindness, friendship and love for someone three thousand miles away…
A Journey Towards Hope and Confidence
By Jessica Chlebeck, 2014 participant
This past Spring Break I was blessed to be able to go on a VISION trip to Kentucky with 8 other students here at St. Thomas. It was through this experience that I became a person who grew more confident in God’s plan, confidence in myself and hope in this world. I am so eternally grateful to God for putting me on this trip because this trip changed my life.
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