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Assets Toledo 55th Class Holds Graduation Ceremony


By Tricia Hall

Sojourner’s Truth Reporter


Assets Toledo has served the Toledo area for years and last week added 22 new graduates to their history of success. The August 10, 2018 ceremony was held at Toledo Mennonite Church on Nebraska, and the church sanctuary was filled with family and friends of the graduates.


“These aren’t just students, but my family. You made my life, over the past 12-weeks, beyond exciting. Each of you showed so much excitement and now here you are, in front of your families with your head held high. You are now entering into another world, and I’m excited to see what’s next for each of you,” said Assets Toledo Executive Director Oliva Holden.


The program began with a social and fellowship hour before the graduation ceremony. Holden opened the ceremony with welcoming remarks, followed by reflections and remarks from the graduates, and the featured keynote speaker Toledo Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz.


The mayor’s speech focused on how Toledo has impacted different historical events, including World War II and astronauts going into space. “Toledo has done a lot of wonderful things over the years and we are our worse critics. We built the Jeeps that helped to win World War II. We’re never afraid of hard work. None of us know what the future holds, but whatever happens it will be of our own doing,” explained Kapszukiewicz.


Mayor Kapszukiewicz and Olivia Holden

LaRhonda Walker, Assets graduate


The mission of Assets Toledo is to assist self-motivated individuals in northwest Ohio who have a personal vision for self-employment and small business initiatives, but limited resources, by providing hands-on-training, peer networking, and support network and capital.


“My nonprofit’s main mission is to focus on veterans. There are too many homeless veterans. They serve and give their time, so something has to be done, and someone needs to speak up and advocate for them,” explained LaRhonda Walker, Assets graduate.


 The 55th graduation class: Tonica Ross-Benton, Jean Billops, Ericka Bonds, Dalon Clark Sr, Jabria Easter, TiaTianua Fuller, Christian Hair, Marcel Hampton, Darnisha Harris, Travis Ingram, Jordan Jones, Debra Murphy, Anisa Odoms, Derek Reece Sr, Tyrell Schuler, Valerie Secord, Ayanna Sims, Jennifer Smith, Nancy Smith, Shamika Taylor, Kimberly Temple and LaRhonda Walker.


Assets Toledo sent special thanks to the following contributors to the program: The Andersons’ Foundation, Dan Sauder of Sauder Woodworking, Key Bank Foundation, Rupp Seeds Inc, Steve Elzinga, James Brien, Judith A Godsell, Kimberly Friesen for Kevin Friesen, Bob Aschliman, Edward and Carol Nofziger, Kevin and Sandra Sauder, Maynard Sauder, Kenneth Fallows, Dale and Geneva Wyse, Edward L. and Mildred L. Roth Family Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. Elvin Yoder, Mr. and Mrs. Brent Ringenberg, Alta Grieser, Marjorie Grieser, Fifth Third Bank, Frank and Cara Ulrich for Fern Schrock, Doug and Patricia Schmucker, Frank Ulrich, Kevin Friesen and Toledo Mennonite Church.


Copyright © 2018 by [The Sojourner's Truth]. All rights reserved.
Revised: 08/16/18 22:36:05 -0700.

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