One night, my VI invited me to a group dinner with other participants from my neighborhood. In addition to receiving dinner, I heard a message from and met a grief counselor who made a profound impact on my life. I didn’t know it at the time and was unaware of the deep-rooted issues that were affecting my choices and causing emotional turmoil. Their empathetic and skilled approach allowed me to explore and understand the trauma that had been hidden for so long. Their expertise and caring demeanor have made a lasting difference in my life. I am now on a path of healing and self-discovery, and I owe much of this progress to their guidance and CTS Uptown for giving me the opportunity to engage.