Right Place, Right Time

Sometimes being in the right place at the right time can make all of the difference in the world, and that is just what happened on a recent CIS Bus Tour!

While at an elementary school stop on the bus tour,  attendees chatted and talked with CIS staff about the school statistics and information when the CIS site coordinator rushed by and apologetically let everyone know that she would be with them as soon as she could.  Little did the bus tour attendees know that the coordinator was in a nearby office handling a student emergency (which they do on a daily basis).

The coordinator eventually joined the group and explained that her delay was due to two new students.  Students that weren’t just new to the school, but were also brand new to the country.  They were in the country on a visa with their mother after losing their father a few weeks earlier.  They were very scared, sad and confused.  They had nothing.  Just the clothes on their backs and a temporary place to live with their mother and baby brother.

The site coordinator was able to get the new students school supplies and comfort, but was also trying to find them some other basic resources as she continued through the tour and the rest of her day.  As the tour wrapped up, one of the attendees exchanged contact information with the coordinator and then something wonderful happened…

This attendee was really touched by the coordinator’s passion for the students and by this particular situation that had unfolded while he was touring the school.  He wanted to help and he  got in touch with the coordinator right away to find out how.  After being given a list of basic needs that would help this new family, this man reviewed the list with his wife and they went and got EVERYthing on the list.  Clothing.  Small appliances.  Coats.  And most of all, hope.

This couple aided a family they didn’t know because they wanted to and they had the means to do so.  Every day our site coordinators are helping students in situations like this and on this day, this coordinator, this bus tour attendee, and these students were in the right place at the right time to make an immediate difference. Talk about being in the right place at the right time!